Bunions And Hammertoes Specialist

San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc.

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialist located in San Diego, CA

Tight shoes and other factors can cause bunions and hammertoe, making it difficult to walk or fit into certain shoes. At San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc., the team of doctors provides treatments to correct bunions and hammertoe, ranging from exercise to the bunionectomy procedure. To find out more, call the office in San Diego or book a consultation online today.

Bunions and Hammertoes Q & A

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a bony protuberance that results from a misaligned joint on the side of the big toe. With a bunion, your big toe is pulled toward your second and third toes. The condition also puts stress on your tendons.

Bunions not only feel painful, but they can also be unpleasant looking. Left untreated, bunions worsen over time. Bunions run in families, but may be made worse or become irritated when you wear shoes.

What is hammertoe?

A hammertoe is a toe deformity where your toe points upward. Hammertoe often affects your second, third, or fourth toes. Hammertoe is commonly caused by wearing narrow-toed shoes, a muscle imbalance, or a combination of both.

What are the symptoms of bunions and hammertoe?

Bunions create a bump on the side of your foot, as well as:

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Tenderness and pain
  • Limited toe motion that may affect walking

With hammertoe, your affected toe feels painful or stiff. Corns or calluses may form on the toe.

How are bunions treated?

Your doctor at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. may suggest a bunionectomy, an outpatient procedure that removes the bone and realigns the joint in your foot. Your doctor may use one of several bunionectomy techniques to treat your bunion. Your doctor discusses which procedure is right for you based on your specific condition.

Prior to your procedure, you’re given anesthesia to numb your foot and relax you. Your doctor makes an incision on the top of your big toe or your foot. They remove the bony bump and sometimes a wedge of bone to realign your big toe.

Your doctor uses screws, pins, or plates to hold your realigned joint in place. During the procedure, your doctor adjusts tendons and ligaments as necessary. Your incision is closed and bandaged.

Afterward, you’ll have some pain and swelling. You’ll need to keep your foot elevated for a few days. Depending on your procedure, you may need to use crutches for one to two weeks.

How are hammertoes treated?

Your doctor may recommend conservative treatments for hammertoe, such as:

  • Shoes with wide toe boxes
  • Exercises
  • Straps, cushions, or corn pads

Your doctor may discuss surgical options to correct your hammertoe if conservative measures aren’t helping.

If a bunion or hammertoe is causing discomfort, you can rely on the team at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. for specialized care. Call the office or book a consultation online today.

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