People will visit their podiatrist in Tucson, Arizona for a multitude of different reasons. There tends to be the simple common denominator of uncomfortable foot pain. Foot pain may be something that you believe you have to suffer through, this statement couldn’t be further from the truth. Most of the most common foot injuries or deformities can be handled by your podiatrist. If you or a loved one has been suffering from foot pain, it is time to seek help. You may have a disorder called Hallux Valgus, more commonly known as “bunion.”

Bunions are found right below the big toe. Typically there is a large bump where the first phalanx (or big toe) meets the metatarsal. There will also be a noticeable “lean” of the first phalanx towards the second phalanx (second toe.) The excessive angle of the first phalanx will produce a bony (and often painful) bump. The bony bump on the mid-line of the foot can become inflamed and painful if left untreated.

According to Foot Health Facts, an official website of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons™, bunions occur due to inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot. This means that genetics play a large role in whether or not you will develop a bunion. Loose ligaments can lead to the faulty alignment of the big toe over time. Improper footwear may exacerbate the problem.

If you are suffering through pain and/or soreness of your big toe, it may be time you seek help. The foot is incredibly complicated with many bones, ligaments, and tendons. Your local podiatrist in Tucson, Arizona can help you deal with your bunions and accompanying foot pain.