Dr. Murali Moorthy, Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Specialist at Muir Orthopedic Specialists, discusses what bunions are and how they are treated.
Question: What are bunions and how are they treated?
Answer: Bunions are when your great toe begins to deviate towards your other toes. These often form in early adulthood and can get worse through repetitive stress and as our feet continue to spread. This can be caused by abnormal footwear that is too tight. Because the toes move out of position, it can become very painful to that joint and become arthritic over time. Treatment options can be as simple as having properly fitting shoes, or padding and taping to hold the toe in it’s proper position. Many times surgery is required to elevate symptoms.