Flower Mound Foot and Ankle Center
Tommie T. Harris, DPM
Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Flower Mound & Lewisville, TX
As one of the most common types of foot deformities, bunions are known for causing lingering discomfort. With his expertise in cutting-edge bunion solutions, board-certified podiatrist Tommie Harris, DPM, of Flower Mound Foot and Ankle Center can help. He offers both conservative and minimally invasive surgical treatments, so you can get relief from pain. Schedule your bunion exam at this Flower Mound, Texas, clinic online or over the phone.
What causes bunions?
A bunion is a deformity of the joint right at the base of your big toe. This bony bump develops as your biggest toe gets forced into an angled position towards your little toes, often due to wearing tight shoes or high heels. While footwear is often to blame, some of the other causes and risk factors of bunions include:
- Inherited foot shape
Aside from pain, a bunion can lead to a realm of other issues, so you shouldn’t ignore it. Plus, you can even develop similar complications in your little toe — called a bunionette — which can lead to further discomfort.
Do bunions cause symptoms?
Yes, with joint pain being at the top of the list. Your bunion can become so swollen and tender, it makes walking and standing uncomfortable. Over time, you might notice restricted movement or limited range of motion in the affected toe.
Additionally, since your bunion is going to cause your toe to rub against the insides of your shoes abnormally, you can even start developing painful calluses over the bump, or corns along the bottom of your feet.
No matter how minor your bunion may seem, the condition is progressive and is only going to get worse. It’s never too early to get started on bunion treatment at Flower Mound Foot and Ankle Center.
What is the treatment for a bunion?
Depending on the severity of your bunion, Dr. Harris tends to start out with conservative bunion treatments to see if you get relief from pain. These therapies can include:
- Stretches or physical therapy
- Padding, splinting or taping
- Custom orthotics
- Roomier shoes
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Cortisone injections
If you have a severe bunion deformity, it might be time to consider bunion surgery (bunionectomy). Dr. Harris tailors your bunion surgery to your specific condition. It could include realigning your toe joint, fusing joint bones together, or removing damaged tissue.
How long is the recovery after bunion surgery?
Dr. Harris uses only the most advanced surgical techniques for bunion surgeries, so your procedure is 90% pain-free. You can expect to be up and walking the same day as surgery. In many cases, you can even return to work the week after surgery, and many of your physical activities and exercises within a few weeks.
Get started on your bunion treatment at Flower Mound Foot and Ankle Center right away. You can either click on the online scheduling feature or call the office directly to book an appointment.