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What are Bunions?

Bunions are bony bumps that form off the joint in your big toe on either foot. There are many things that can contribute to the development of bunions, and the exact cause of them and your medical history will help to determine which bunion treatment will work best for you. For some patients, bunion removal surgery is necessary. 

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What Causes Bunions?

There are several different contributing factors for the development of bunions. In some cases, they are related to inflammatory types of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis. In general, they develop when the weight that you bear puts uneven amounts of pressure on your feet, which makes your big toe joint unstable and resulting in a hard bump. Some of the most common factors that contribute to bunions include:

  • Foot injuries
  • Inherited foot problems
  • Tight shoes (such as high heels or shoes that are too narrow)
  • Occupations that put extra stress on your feet

Determining the Cause of Your Specific Bunions

Determining the cause of bunions is important. Although it may not change the way that your bunions are treated, it can help you to understand how you can care for your feet and stop bunions from developing again. We will help you determine the cause of your bunions before bunion removal surgery.

What are the Symptoms of Bunions?

The first sign of a bunion is usually a red spot at the base of your big toe. This red spot can develop into a bump, and the area can also be painful or numb. Some patients also notice that they are unable to move their toes as well as before, and that corns and calluses are developing around the area. Many times, bunions cause severe discomfort and throbbing.

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Bunion Treatment at Foot & Ankle Specialty Group

If you’re in the Rancho Santa Margarita and Newport Beach area and you’re seeking bunion treatment or bunion removal, we can help. Since 2001, Foot & Ankle Specialty Group has been a staple of our community. Founded by Dr. Salma Aziz, our practice is built on time-tested practices. Dr. Aziz spends plenty of time with each patient going over all their concerns in order to develop the right treatment method. Also with Dr. Petrina Yokay and Dr. Jessica Arneson, we are a nurturing female doctor group with a mission to help patients get back on their feet. 

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