Amal Clooney, civil rights lawyer and wife of actor George Clooney, may always be in the spotlight due to her high profile cases and fashion statements, but has made the tabloid this time due to her troubling bunions. While the lawyer may have to constantly wear impractical footwear as a part of her career wardrobe, she is not the only star to suffer from the shoe type. Victoria Beckham as well as Catherine Zeta-Jones have both suffered from the condition as well.
Bunion surgery usually occurs after non-surgical methods have proved to be ineffective. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles contact one of our podiatrists of Wayne Foot and Ankle Center, P.A. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.
Why do Bunions Form?
- Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
- Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form
How are Bunions Diagnosed?
Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.
How are Bunions Treated?
- Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
- Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
- Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
- Orthotics or foot inserts
If you have any concerns please feel free to contact our offices located in Wayne and West Milford, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.