Without treatment, bunions get progressively worse -- and so do their symptoms! As the big toe joint juts more outward, the more that painful bump will inhibit the things you like to do. Are you planning on heading to Festival Park for the Harvest Festival Oct. 15? Well, it’s likely too late in the year to wear those open toe shoes, and if pulling on fall footwear makes your bunion hurt just thinking about it, you might have to change your plans from fall festivities to chaise channel surfing.
The fact of the matter is, a swollen and bulging bunion can make it hard to do all sorts of things -- from wearing shoes and going for a walk to participating in sports and even simply standing for long periods of time (guess you can toss that standing room only concert ticket you bought!)
In addition to inflammation and soreness, you could start to lose mobility in your big toe, as well as develop corns from the friction of squished toes and shoes that don’t accommodate your deformity. Dancing definitely becomes difficult. Dressing up may be disastrous. Going for a hike could just plain hurt. Pretty soon your quality of life will truly be effected and the only thing you’ll want to do is wear your fuzzy socks and lay on the couch. Don’t let that happen to you!
At the first signs of a misaligned big toe with an uncomfortable bump at the base of it, come see us for a treatment plan that will ease symptoms and slow the progression of the problem before it interferes with the things you love to do. You can make an appointment with Dr. O by calling (303) 805-5156 or by using our online contact form.