All About Bunions

There are multiple reasons why we need to seek out a doctor. You may have an infectious illness, or you may need to get injuries treated. Perhaps, you may just require a regular check-up. One of the most overlooked disciplines in medical science right now is the branch of orthopaedics. If you’ve ever had any past issues with joint or muscle pains, suffered any bone fractures and other skeletal injuries, or even have a condition relating to it, it’s likely that you’ve sought out an orthopaedist for your troubles.

In Singapore, orthopaedic surgery or treatments are a common and crucial part of our healthcare needs. What’s orthopaedics, you may ask? It’s the field of medicine concerned with the musculoskeletal system. Your musculoskeletal system is made of intricate parts that allow you to move; to walk, run, jump, and lead an otherwise healthy lifestyle. It’s made up of muscles and bones,  tendons, joints, ligaments, and other parts of the body making up an incredibly complex system.

What orthopaedists do for you

Orthopaedists are doctors who help treat an enormous variety of conditions. The study helps treat people with injuries of varying degrees of severity. They help give advice for people who are athletes needing to keep their bodies in peak condition. They also help treat debilitating conditions that can be lifelong, like scoliosis and arthritis.

Not all orthopaedists are the same. Some are generalists, who can treat and care for many different issues. Some are specialists, like the ones in Specialist Orthopaedic Centre, focusing on specific parts of your musculoskeletal system like your hips and shoulders, hands, or feet and knees. They’re perfect for more in-depth care.

Specialist Orthopaedic Centre focuses primarily on the treatment of foot, knee and ankle issues. If you’re currently suffering from any related injuries or conditions, you’ve come to the right place. An example of one of these issues you may need orthopaedists to look at is bunions.

What are bunions?

Bunions are a bony lump that forms at the base of your big toe, on a joint called the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. It might not look like much, or might not even be painful, but it’s a sign of something wrong with your musculoskeletal system. Bunions occur when the bones of the front part of the feet shift, causing the bones of your big toe to move inward towards your other toes. This causes the joint at the base of the toe to protrude.

They develop over a long period of time, slowing growing so big that it can cause your big toe to rest or squeeze onto your other toes. They can also turn painful if left untreated. Some bunions may be painless, but these can grow so big that the skin around it can redden.

What causes bunions?

There are several different causes for bunions, but they can be a symptom of a more serious condition that makes your joints swell up and start to hurt, for example, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. You can acquire them in numerous other ways, too. Excessive stresses on the foot and other foot injuries can affect your chances of acquiring bunions.

Bunions can also be a lifetime condition. Bunions can also be a result of unfortunate genetics that make you more susceptible to bunions. There are also conditions at birth that would also affect the feet and cause deformities. In many adolescents and children, acquired bunions may be rare, but it is very possible for them to have bunions because of these reasons as well.

There are many experts debating if restrictive footwear can increase the likelihood of you acquiring the disease, but at present, there is still inconclusive evidence for either side. But it is still advised that you avoid wearing high heeled shoes or otherwise ill-fitting shoes.

Consult a doctor if your bunions become so inflamed that it affects your ability to walk or otherwise lead a normal lifestyle. Don’t let it get worse, because it does get worse without treatment. It can lead to conditions like hammertoe or bursitis.

How do you treat bunions?

Bunions, unfortunately, don’t go away by itself. It can be a lifelong condition for most people. Thankfully, in the modern age, there are many ways for doctors to treat them. The best possible method is through prevention. Avoid wearing restrictive shoes that squeeze or put any stress on any part of your feet.

As for treatments, doctors may prescribe special shoes to help make walking less painful. Your doctor may prescribe shoe inserts to help correct your walking. If bunions become irritated, soaking them with warm water helps. And if all else fails, there are bunion surgeries for the correction of painful ones.

Need help with foot, ankle, or knee issues? Visit Specialist Orthopaedic Centre, a clinic in Singapore that specializes in addressing orthopaedic issues in the foot. See our site and book an appointment today for various treatments like knee replacement surgeries and more.