What Are Bunions?

What your podiatrists in Philadelphia and Paoli, PA wants you to know


Foot BunionYou may be wondering if you have a bunion. A bunion is a large, bony bump on the side of your big toe. Bunions can be painful and make it very difficult to wear shoes comfortably. The bunion can rub against the inside of your shoe, causing irritation and pain. The good news is a bunion can be treated effectively.

Dr. Robert Cohen, Dr. Ushma Sheth and Dr. Ira Meyers at Paoli and Center City FootCare Centers want to share their knowledge about bunions and how to get relief from bunion pain. They have two convenient office locations in Philadelphia, and Paoli, Pennsylvania to help you and your feet.

Bunions occur mainly in women. In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over fifty percent of American women will suffer from a bunion. Women often wear shoes that are too narrow, or high heels which tend to push toes forward, causing friction and pressure on toes. Bad shoes aren’t the only reason bunions develop. Other causes include:

  • Genetics
  • Having flat feet
  • Foot trauma or an injury
  • Overpronating when you walk
  • Bone deformity in your foot
  • Rheumatoid or osteoarthritis

For small bunions, you can try a few simple home remedies like these:

  • Taping the area to support the bunion
  • Placing padding inside your shoes for added cushion
  • Changing to wider shoes with more room for your toes

Larger bunions need the help your podiatrist. They may recommend:

  • Custom-fit orthotics or footwear
  • Physical therapy exercises
  • Protective padding inside your shoes
  • Removing corns or calluses to eliminate friction

For bunions with significant bone involvement, surgery may be suggested to realign your foot and toe. We will discuss which option might be best for you.

For more detailed information about bunions, please visit the Bunions page on the website at https://www.paolifootcarecenter.com/bunions.html

Get some relief from your bunion pain by calling Dr. Robert Cohen, Dr. Ushma Sheth and Dr. Ira Meyers at Paoli and Center City FootCare Centers, with offices in Philadelphia, and Paoli, Pennsylvania. Call today!