Bunions Specialist

Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle

Podiatrists located in Pawtucket, RI

That painful, bony bump on the side of your toe that leads to throbbing pain at the end of the day is known as a bunion. With the help of board-certified podiatrist Joseph K. Domenico, DPM, of Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle, you can find relief from bunion pain, once and for all. Schedule your bunion evaluation at this Pawtucket, Rhode Island, based clinic by clicking on the online scheduling feature, or simply call the office to book.

Bunions Q & A

What causes bunions?

Even though bunions affect both genders, women experience bunions much more frequently. Footwear is often to blame, as snug-fitting, pointy shoes, and high heels force your big toe into an unnatural, slanted position. If you wear ill-fitting shoes regularly, your toe joint actually changes and moves into this position permanently. As a result, your big toe joint starts to expand and become larger, which is the telltale sign of a bunion.

With that being said, footwear isn’t the only cause of bunions. They can also develop due to:

  • Arthritis
  • Inherited foot shape
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Prior injury

The cause of your bunions isn’t always obvious. In any case, understanding the signs and symptoms of bunions and getting started on treatment right away can prevent the progression of deformities.

What are the symptoms of bunions?

Bunions can lead to a wide variety of issues, ranging from mild to severe. One of the most common complaints bunion sufferers have is the development of corns and calluses. Corns form along the bottom of your toes, while calluses develop over the bony bump. This happens when your foot starts rubbing up against the inside of your shoes.

Depending on the severity of your joint deformity, your bunion can also lead to:

  • Restricted motion in the toe
  • Hammertoes or mallet toes
  • Redness, swelling, or inflammation

Bunions can reach a debilitating point, where you start feeling pain and discomfort with every step you take. However, you don’t have to live with bunions for the rest of your life. Dr. Domenico and the caring team at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle offer several effective treatments.

How are bunions treated?

Your bunion treatment at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle is entirely tailored to you and the symptoms you’re experiencing. After a comprehensive X-ray evaluation and physical exam, Dr. Domenico puts together your bunion treatment, which can include:

  • Supportive shoes or inserts
  • Custom orthotics
  • Splinting, padding, or taping
  • Shoe gears
  • Physical therapy

If these conservative measures aren’t giving you the relief you need, Dr. Domenico may talk with you about bunion surgery. Modern bunion surgery is minimally invasive and involves realigning your big toe joint and removing any damaged bone or tissue. As a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon, you can feel confident that Dr. Domenico can get you back on your feet in no time.

The team at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle offer plenty of effective bunion therapies to provide immediate relief. Book your bunion evaluation online, or call the office.