Bunions are painful, bony bumps that develop on the big toe joint. They develop slowly and as they do the pressure on the joint causes the toe to lean toward the second toe. Tight or ill-fitting shoes and arthritis are among some of the causes. In fact, continuing to wear the wrong shoes can make bunions worse.
Treatments include changing shoes, padding the foot and taking pain medications. Painful bunions can be removed surgically. If you have are experiencing a decreased movement of your foot or toe and are in pain, it is time to see a podiatrist to explore your treatment options.
Corns and calluses are thick, hardened layers of skin that can develop on your feet. Corns most often develop on the tops and sides of feet and between the toes. They are pretty benign but can be painful when pressed. Calluses rarely hurt, but if it does become painful see your doctor.
The team of podiatrists at Minor & James Surgical Specialists can help you with any of your bunion, callus or corn concerns. If you have diabetes or poor circulation, see your doctor before self-treating a corn, callus or bunion as a minor injury to your feet can easily escalate.