Among the many vital foot concerns that we handle at Desert Foot Surgeons is the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of bunions and hammertoes. Our Scottsdale AZ local podiatrist is your specialist, and just as you would seek out one for a problem with your heart or your digestive system, so too should you look to an expert for your feet.
A bunion is a bony protrusion that forms at the base of your big joe, at the joint where it attaches to the foot. A bunion may impede your ability to walk and the pain it might cause can range from mild to severe. The pressure and friction from walking and from socks and shoes may also result in calluses when you have a bunion. Some of the root causes include flat feet, shoes that are too tight, and anything that puts too much pressure on the toe joint. Treatment from our Scottsdale AZ local podiatrist will vary, but can include bunion pads, arch supports, and simple lifestyle changes, like changing to more comfortable and supportive footwear. Surgery is typically not required, except in the most stubborn and severe cases. Hammertoes can actually be caused by bunions, or they may occur independently. When the middle joint of your foot becomes stuck in the flexed position, this is what a hammertoe is. A flexible one, in which there is some minimal movement available, can be addressed with orthotics, stretching, and strength building exercises. However, rigid hammertoes, where no movement at all is possible, will nearly always required surgery. Fortunately, our Scottsdale AZ local podiatrist is highly skilled and experienced at these procedures, so you will receive the best possible care.
Bunions and hammertoes are troublesome, but not considered dangerous. A simple phone call is all it takes to schedule an appointment and have your condition treated. You’ll soon be feeling better and able to walk without discomfort.