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Do Bunions Resolve on Their Own?

Do Bunions Resolve on Their Own?

A bunion is more than just a cosmetic issue. It's a structural deformity that can affect your daily life, eventually making even the simplest tasks like walking a challenge. Many people hope that bunions might resolve themselves without intervention, but this isn’t the reality.

Dr. David E. Biss, and the rest of the team at Concord Podiatry in Concord and Plymouth, New Hampshire, believe that foot health is a vital part of overall wellness. Bunions are one of the common issues we address, and we provide tailored care that goes beyond temporary relief to tackle the underlying problem. 

What are bunions?

Bunions are bony protrusions at the base of the big toe, resulting from a misalignment of the joint. They often develop slowly over time, initially causing discomfort and eventually leading to more significant pain and mobility issues.

The importance of early diagnosis and treatment cannot be overstated, as waiting might make the condition more challenging to manage.

Bunion causes and risk factors

Various factors lead to bunion development, including genetic predisposition, ill-fitting shoes, or underlying medical conditions like arthritis. Understanding these factors is essential in preventing and treating bunions effectively.

During a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Biss considers all of these elements, offering insights into why the bunion developed and how to address the root causes. Simple adjustments, such as choosing proper footwear, can sometimes prevent bunions from worsening.

Common misconceptions about bunions

One common misconception is that bunions are merely a cosmetic issue that doesn't require medical attention. Another is that they can resolve on their own without treatment.

At Concord Podiatry, we debunk these myths by educating patients on the structural nature of bunions. Left untreated, they can lead to other foot problems and exacerbate pain. Early intervention is essential for preventing complications and improving quality of life.

Treatment options for bunions

Bunions generally don’t resolve on their own. Treatment options vary depending on the severity and individual needs, ranging from conservative approaches like padding and orthotics to surgical correction.

Dr. Biss often recommends a surgical approach to treating bunions when conservative measures fail to alleviate pain or correct the deformity. He tailors the surgery to your specific needs and condition. Various surgical techniques realign the joint, remove the bony protrusion, and correct the underlying cause of the bunion. 

This might include osteotomy, where the bone is cut and realigned, or a fusion of the joints to stabilize the area. Postoperative care is an essential part of the process, with a focus on rehabilitation to restore function and mobility. 

Surgery offers a permanent solution to bunions, providing relief from pain and improvement in appearance, allowing patients to return to normal activities with confidence and comfort.

Bunion prevention and long-term care

Even after successful treatment, bunions can recur if the underlying causes aren't addressed. By working with patients to understand their risk factors and offering guidance on prevention, Dr. Biss ensures that treatment success is sustained over the long term. Education and ongoing support make the difference between temporary relief and a lifetime of healthy feet.

Due to the progressive nature of bunions, it’s wise to address them early on, even if they haven’t caused pain or trouble walking. If you notice a bunion forming, or if you’ve already been diagnosed, visit Concord Podiatry to discuss how we can get you on track to having happy feet again.

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