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Philip Schrumpf, DPM
2835 Fort Missoula Road
Physician Center 3, Suite 304
Missoula, MT 59804


Bunions and Dancers

Tuesday, 05 July 2022 00:00

A bunion, hallux valgus, forms when there is a gradual change to the anatomy of the big toe leading to a deformity on the side of the toe that can be painful. This condition worsens when shoes are ill-fitting or have pointed toes that apply pressure to this toe. Dancers, especially ballet dancers (who dance in pointe shoes), are prone to this ailment but anyone can get a bunion. The main symptom of a bunion is a swollen, red area over the deformed joint of the big toe that is tender when touched. One can also experience numbness or a burning sensation if the surrounding nerves become irritated. The big toe angles in and irritation of the skin can lead to blisters or bursitis at the site of the bunion. When severe and long-standing, a bunion may cause the toes to overlap and arthritis, which causes additional pain when walking or performing activities that require one to push off with the feet. To prevent bunions, one can try to change their footwear to shoes that have more room in the toe box and that are wider, modify activities that cause pain, or wear shoe inserts or spacers. It is often recommended that dancers avoid bunion surgery until they stop dancing, as it may interfere with their ability to dance. If you have a bunion that is interfering with your life, consider seeing a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment options.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Philip K. Schrumpf, DPM of Active Feet Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Missoula, MT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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