Hallux valgus. These two Latin words equate to a lot of pain for many people. Why? Because in English, these words translate into “bunion.”
Commonly known as a fleshy bump that appears on the outer side of your big toe, a bunion is actually a change in the structure of your foot that throws your bones out of alignment. And it’s no laughing matter. It can be painful!
Because this change in your foot’s bony framework happens over a gradual period of time, you may not have even given much thought to what’s happening to your feet until you’re older. But it all begins with your big toe gradually curving in to your second toe, which produces the distinctive bump.
Some of the symptoms of a bunion to watch for include:
- Pain or soreness
- A burning sensation
If you or someone you know has bunions, there are a few treatment options to consider:
Wear More Comfortable Shoes
While narrow or pointy shoes that crowd your feet are often thought of as the sole culprit, bunions are more often than not a result of your heredity—not always your high heels.
Studies have shown that there seems to be a genetic link to bunions. If someone in your immediate family has them, you may be more susceptible to them as well. However, wearing the right shoes can make a difference. Shoes with flat or low heels, roomy toe boxes, and good arch supports may decrease your odds in developing bunions.
Seek Non-Surgical Treatment
Orthotics, pads, pain medication, injection therapy, icing, and modifications in how you exercise may all help to alleviate your pain. Your podiatrist may even recommend physical therapy and stretching.
Opt for Bunion Surgery
If your bunion interferes with your lifestyle, it may be time to consider surgery. While there is no standard, one-size-fits-all bunion surgery, it will most likely be an outpatient procedure. It all depends on your age and the severity of your bunion.
Finally, if you’ve explored all of your options for bunion removal and have opted for surgery, you may qualify for a clinical research study of an investigational pain drug given after bunion surgery.
Salt Lake City Bunion Removal Study
If you qualify for the bunion removal study in Utah conducted by Jean Brown Research, you may receive:
- Study-related exam
- Study-related pain medication
Space in this bunion study is limited. To see if you qualify, please fill out and submit the form at our Jean Brown Research Bunion Removal Study page.