Bunions are broadly classified into two categories. Positional (mild) bunions arise from the growth of a new bone. Structural (severe) bunions result when the joint at the base of the toe shifts position. But there is also a third type, as many bunions are a combination of positional and structural bunions.
When the joint enlarges as new bone grows, it results in the formation of a positional bunion. The bone stretches the joint’s outer covering, and the big toe is pushed towards the smaller ones, which in turn pulls the big toe out of alignment.
A structural bunion forms when the angle between the big toe and second toe bone is larger than normal. It also pushes the big toe towards the smaller ones.
Regardless of the type of bunion, it is recommended to seek professional treatment. At Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic, our podiatrist can provide short-term and long-term bunion treatments in Calgary to help you keep your feet healthy.
In case you feel or spot any of these symptoms, please get in touch with Dr. Ian Russell immediately.
Importance of Early Diagnosis
If the bunion is diagnosed in an early stage, its development can be slowed and, in some cases, even arrested with the help of proper supportive shoe gear and custom orthotics. Physical therapy involving stretching can prove to be beneficial. Avoiding improper footwear, athletic activities, and toe pressure can prevent the symptoms of bunions. So, an early examination by a podiatrist is always recommended.
Had a Positive Experience With My Bunion Surgery
"I had Doctor Russell perform bunion surgery on my left foot in May of 2011. When I made the decision to have the surgery, I was no longer able to find comfortable shoes and experienced a great deal of pain after exercising. I chose Dr. Russell after meeting with him and upon the recommendation of another podiatrist. I was very apprehensive about the procedure because I had heard from many acquaintances that the surgery was painful and that a long, difficult recovery period was inevitable.
My anxiety was further exasperated by the fact that I get nervous about having to attend to any medical procedure. Although I was anxious on the day of the surgery, I was given a mild sedative during the procedure and made to feel comfortable. I experienced no pain during the surgery and only minor discomfort for a week after. Because I was careful to follow post-operative instructions related to caring for my foot, I have had very little pain and I am well on my way to recovery.
I believe that a large part of the positive experience I had with my bunion surgery was due to Doctor Russell and his staff at the Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic. They were knowledgeable, professional and showed genuine concern for my well-being. I plan to have my other foot operated on in the next year and will return to the Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic because I feel confident in their ability to perform the surgery, as well as advising me on how to do my part in achieving the best outcome."
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