Get the Fact on Your Foot or Ankle Condition in Our Podiatry FAQ

Our patients are full of questions both before and during treatment. In order to help patients find relief as quickly as possible, our Florida podiatrists have compiled the most popular questions about bunions, diabetic foot injuries, ingrown toenails, and more on one page. Search our FAQ for fast answers!

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  • When is bunion surgery necessary?

    Bunions are progressive in nature, which means they will worsen over time when not addressed and in some cases will need surgical intervention to correct the deformity. That said, not all bunion cases need surgery.

    Bunion surgery Generally speaking, bunion surgery is reserved for cases where conservative care is unable to provide relief of discomfort, when you have trouble finding shoes to fit and feel comfortable, and especially when the condition causes difficulty performing everyday activities. Toes that are unable to bend and/or drift inward to the point of crossing over other toes are more likely to require surgical intervention.

    Bunion surgery is often able to relieve painful symptoms and restore the performance of normal activities for patients. But we do not recommend surgery for every patient that comes to our office with a bunion. In order to determine the best course of treatment for you, schedule an appointment at one of our five Florida offices.

    To better serve our patients, Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida has offices in Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee, Tavares, Lake Mary, and Orlando. You can reach us for more information by calling 407-339-7759 (or 352-589-9550 if you live in Lake County) or request your appointment for any of our locations online today.

  • What causes bunions?

    Bunions can cause discomfort, pain, affect your ability to wear certain footwear, and remain active. Consequently, many people wonder what causes bunions. For a long time, the most common answer was “women’s footwear.” More specifically, high heels (pumps, stilettos) were singled out as causing this toe deformity. The medical community is still a bit divided on the role that footwear plays in the development of a bunion, but there are other causes of bunions worth noting.

    In a general sense, a bunion develops due to an imbalance in the joint found at the base of the big toe, the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. When this happens, the joint’s instability leads to the big toe “drifting” inward. At the same time, the MTP joint begins to jut outward toward the inner edge of the foot.

    Specific causes of this condition include: genetics (as the odds are significantly increased if a parent has a bunion), certain activities (i.e. dancers), foot injury, and finally certain shoe types.

    No matter how your bunion was caused, you will want to have it addressed. These are progressive deformities, which means they will worsen if left untreated. Our staff at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida can provide the care you need, so call us at 407-339-7759 and schedule an appointment at our Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Tavares, Kissimmee and Orlando offices or 352-589-9550 (if you live in Lake County).