Bunions, or hallux valgus, is a surprisingly common ailment in the forefoot of children. A bunion is a bony growth that develops on the joint of the big toe and often causes this toe to lean towards the smaller toes. Having a bunion can cause pain and discomfort, particularly because the bunion rubs against shoes. Wearing wider shoes can provide mild relief, but sometimes surgery is the best option for treatment among those in this age group. This is typically successful in children because their growth plates are active, which helps with healing and readjustment of the toe joint. If your child has a bunion that is causing pain, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for an examination and treatment options to consider.
What Is a Bunion?
Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.
- Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
- Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development
- Redness and inflammation
- Pain and tenderness
- Callus or corns on the bump
- Restricted motion in the big toe
In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City/LaPorte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.