Advanced Family Foot Care Centers
Murad Abdel-Qader, DPM
Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Diabetic Wound Care Specialist located in San Antonio, TX
Although many people think of bunions as solely an aesthetic matter, they can actually cause significant discomfort. For those in and around San Antonio, Texas, who are searching for relief from bunions, Murad Abdel-Qader, DPM, of Advanced Family Foot Care Centers is a great resource. Schedule your appointment online or over the phone today, and learn your options for treating and preventing bunions.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a deformity on the outside edge of your foot near the base of your big toe. It looks like a large bump and feels hard to the touch.
Bunions occur when the bones in the front portion of your foot shift out of position. This allows your big toe to pull inward toward the other toes, which alters the joint at the base of the big toe.
Bunions can occur on one or both feet. For some, the condition is minor and causes no concern. Others find bunions to be painful or aesthetically displeasing.
How did my bunion develop?
Several things can cause bunions to form, some of which are in your control and others that aren’t. Some people are born with foot deformities that cause problems with the joints of the feet.
Additional causes of bunions include:
- Foot injury
- Repeated stress on the foot
- Inherited foot shape
While researchers disagree on just how much your choice of footwear increases your chance of developing bunions, your shoes do seem to play a role.
Wearing shoes with a narrow toe box could cause the problem by forcing your toes into an unnatural position. High heels and overly narrow shoes can also lead to joint problems.
How do I know if I have a bunion?
The primary symptom of bunions is a visibly distorted area on the edge of your foot just below where your big toe joins the foot. You might also notice the following changes:
- Swelling near your big toe
- Red skin near your big toe
- Limited ability to move your toes
- Foot pain
- Corns or calluses between the first and second toes
Occasional soreness, redness, or swelling on the feet is usually nothing to be concerned about. But if you see a change and don’t find relief after a few days, it may be time to call a specialist.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Abdel-Qader to determine the source of your symptoms and chart a course for relief.
During your visit you learn the details of various treatment options, giving you everything you need to make an informed decision about your care. Booking takes just moments online or over the phone.