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Bunions Specialist

Kerry E. Berg, DPM -  - Foot Surgeon

Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates

Kerry E. Berg, DPM

Foot Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Colorado Springs, CO

Having a bunion doesn’t only mean it’s uncomfortable to wear your favorite shoes, rather, this permanent joint deformity can lead to chronic toe and foot pain. Before your bunion gets worse, have an evaluation with board-certified podiatrist Kerry Berg, DPM, of Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates. Dr. Berg offers innovative bunion solutions in her Colorado Springs, Colorado, office. Book your appointment online or over the phone.

Bunions Q & A

Why do I have bunions?

A bunion is a deformity in the position of the joint at the base of your big toe. It develops as your big toe gets pushed out of its natural straight alignment and into your smaller toes. The joint enlarges and can become swollen and painful with activity and shoe gear.

But you can also develop bunions for other reasons, too. Your chances of having bunions increase due to:

  • Arthritic conditions
  • Injury or trauma
  • Inherited foot structure
  • Pronation

The large bony bump that forms at the base of your big toe, the bunion, is known for causing a wide variety of issues.

Do bunions become painful?

They certainly can over time. Bunion pain can occur for topical and mechanical reasons. For instance, because your bunions are going to cause your toes to rub against the insides of your shoes improperly, you risk developing calluses and corns, which can become painful.

Plus, the longer you go without getting proper medical attention, the more likely your bunion is going to progress. As your joint physically changes shape, it can stiffen and become swollen with each step you take. The bunion can also lead to secondary changes in the smaller toes which can contract and hammer and deviate position.

Since bunions can become so uncomfortable, your entire gait can change. This can lead to secondary issues, including knee, hip, and lower back pain. Before your bunion gets to this point, see how Dr. Berg at Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates can help.

What is the treatment for bunions?

Your bunion management plan at Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates depends on the severity of your joint deformity and symptoms. Resolving bunion issues can include:

  • Padding, taping, or splinting
  • Custom-designed orthotics
  • Personalized stretching exercises
  • Changing to roomier footwear
  • Padding

These solutions can help you recover from painful bunion swelling and inflammation, but they won’t make your bunion go away. If these conservative therapies aren’t enough, Dr. Berg could recommend bunion surgery. As a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Berg has extensive experience in performing minimally invasive bunion procedures, so you can expect a speedy recovery.

Book your bunion evaluation at Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates today. Click on the online scheduler to book your visit or call the office directly.