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Bunions services offered in Converse and Devine, TX

When you have a bunion, wearing shoes may seem like the last thing you want to do. Jose F. Hilario, DPM, PA, can help you get back on your feet again by treating your bunion quickly and effectively. Serving the communities of Converse, Live Oak, Schertz, and San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Hilario uses a conservative approach to treating several foot disorders, including bunions. Call the office or book an appointment on the website today to get more information on the treatment options Dr. Hilario offers.

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Bunions Q & A

What is a bunion?

The word bunion comes from the Latin “bunio,” meaning “enlargement.” Essentially, a bunion causes a large “bump” to form at the base of your big toe joint, the metatarsophalangeal joint.

A bunion forms when years of pressure force the bone and tissues in your big toe joint to shift out of place. This shift causes your big toe to move inward toward your other toes. A bony lump results, forming on the outside of your foot.

Your big toe isn’t the only place a bunion can form, though. A smaller bunion, or bunionette, can form on the outside of your little toe as well. Also known as a tailor’s bunion, a bunionette forms the same way a bunion does.

Your feet hold most of your weight throughout the day, so it’s no surprise that the joints can’t handle the pressure over time. Genetics also plays a role in your chances of developing this disorder.

Are there any symptoms?

The most common symptom of a bunion is a painful lump on the outside of your big toe. However, other symptoms can plague you as well, including:

  • Swelling at the MTP joint
  • Redness around the bump
  • Decreased motion of the big toe
  • Development of corns
  • Callus formation under your foot
  • Hammertoes

You may also notice that you have pain when moving your big toe. This is another common sign of a bunion, along with a callus at the MTP joint.

Can bunions be treated?

If you think you’re suffering from a bunion, it’s important to see Dr. Hilario as soon as you can. If they’re left untreated, bunions typically continue to get bigger and cause more pain. There are conservative measures you can take at home, but Dr. Hilario gives you the tools to ensure relief, such as:

  • Taping or padding
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Orthotics

Dr. Hilario and his team designed the Best Foot Insole in 2017, used for numerous conditions, including bunions. In fact, he prescribes this insole for over 85% of his patients for relief from foot pain.

In cases where conservative measures aren’t working, and your daily life is affected, Dr. Hilario may recommend surgical treatment of your bunion.

To get expert treatment for your bunion pain, don’t hesitate to call the office today or book an appointment online.