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Bay Area Foot Care -  - Podiatry

Bay Area Foot Care

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgery located in San Francisco, San Rafael, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, Oakland, Walnut Creek & San Leandro, CA

Do you have a painful, bony growth on the outer edge of one or both big toes? This condition, known as a bunion, can interfere with your mobility and make even simple tasks like taking a walk or going on a hike difficult. The podiatrists at Bay Area Foot Care specialize in the treatment of bunions using conservative means whenever possible. Bay Area Foot Care has locations in San Rafael, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, Oakland, Walnut Creek, and San Leandro, California, as well as in the neighborhoods of Lower Pacific Heights, Inner Richmond, NoPa, and the Mission District in San Francisco. Book your appointment today by calling the office nearest you or clicking the online booking tool.

Bunion Q & A

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is a noticeable, hard bump that develops at the base of your big toe. If the bones near the front of your foot become misaligned, your big toe pulls forward and places pressure on your smaller toes. 

Ultimately, this forces the joint at the base of your toe to stick out. It’s also possible to develop a bunionette or tailor’s bunion on your little toe.

The most common cause of bunions is wearing tight, uncomfortable shoes or shoes without an adequate toe box. However, other contributing factors include foot deformities and chronic conditions such as arthritis. 

What are the Symptoms of a Bunion?

Bunions vary in size and severity. However, common telltale signs include: 

  • A bony growth on the base of your big toe
  • Swelling or redness around your big toe joint
  • Persistent pain that comes and goes
  • Corns or calluses on your big toe


As your bunion gets worse, you also might find it difficult to bend or straighten your big toe. You might also develop hammertoe.

When Should I See a Doctor for a Bunion?

Even if your bunion isn’t causing you pain or interfering with your mobility, it’s important to schedule a consultation at Bay Area Foot Care. 

During your appointment, your podiatrist can educate you about preventive measures to keep the problem from getting worse. You should also schedule an appointment at Bay Area Foot Care if your bunion:

  • Is painful
  • Prevents movement in your toe or foot
  • Prevents you from wearing your favorite shoes


It’s also important to seek professional help if your bunion continues to grow in size, or it becomes red or swollen. 

Who is at Risk of Developing Bunions?

Bunions affect people of all ages. However, you’re at a higher risk of developing a bunion if you: 

  • Wear high heels
  • Have flatfeet or fallen arches
  • Wear tight or ill-fitting shoes
  • Have a family history of bunions
  • Have an improper gait
  • Have rheumatoid arthritis

 

You’re also more likely to develop a bunion if you have other podiatric problems such as hammertoe, bursitis, or metatarsalgia. 

How are Bunions Treated?

Whenever possible, Bay Area Foot Care uses conservative measures of care to treat bunions. Depending on your symptoms, you may need to wear more comfortable, padded shoes, custom shoe inserts, or take over-the-counter pain medications to relieve swelling and pain. 

If these methods of care don’t provide adequate relief, surgery may be necessary. There are a variety of surgical procedures designed to address bunions. 

Following a physical exam of your foot and a review of your medical history, your doctor develops a plan that aligns with your unique needs.

If a bunion is affecting your quality of life and mobility, make an appointment at Bay Area Foot Care today. Call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool.