Bunions

Ahmed S. Bata, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc.

Ahmed S. Bata, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Loma Linda, CA & Riverside, CA

Bunions can be painful, limiting your ability to walk or wear shoes comfortably. If you’re experiencing unusual bumps or deformities in your feet, Ahmed Bata, MD, at Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc. can treat your condition. The practice is located in two convenient offices in Loma Linda and Riverside, California. Call to speak with a friendly staff member or book your appointment online today.

Bunions Q & A

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a bony bump on the foot’s inner aspect at the base of your big toe. It forms when the big toe starts to misalign, pushing its tip toward your second toe, causing the joint of the big toe to enlarge and bulge.

Bunions are more common in females and can develop from wearing narrow, high-heeled, or pointy shoes. They're also more likely to develop if you struggle with an inflammatory condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

When a bunion progresses, the big toe pushes against the second toe and can form a hammertoe, which is a deformity that causes your toe to bend or curl downward instead of outward.

Bunions disturb the mechanics of the foot and change the pressure points on the sole of the foot. If you have a bunion, you may also experience tenderness and inflammation in the ball of your foot. A bunionette may also develop, which is a bump that develops near the base of your smallest toe.

What are the symptoms of a bunion?

Bunions can vary in severity. Signs and symptoms include:

  • A bulging bump on the inner side at the base of your big toe
  • Swelling, redness, or soreness around the big toe joint
  • Pain in the lesser toes
  • Restricted movement of your big toe

Other conditions may also develop as a result of a bunion, including corns or calluses, hammertoe, or metatarsalgia, which is a pain in the ball or the sole of your foot.

It’s also possible that a bunion may cause you to shift your weight or even change your gait to avoid pain. These small changes might lead to other issues that include knee or ankle pain.

The team at Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc. provides expert assessments and treatments to bring relief.

When should I get medical attention for a bunion?

Many can live a normal life with bunions, but if you suffer from the following, see Dr. Bata immediately:

  • Foot pain is worsening
  • A bunion deformity is progressing
  • Hammertoe deformity is developing
  • Wearing shoes is becoming painful

Before your bunion pain progresses any further, call one of the offices or book your appointment online with Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc.