Some names we have given places, people, and things just don’t make sense. One of the classic examples of this is the fact we drive on parkways and park on driveways. Other examples include Rhode Island (not actually an island), American Indians (not actually from India), and rice paper (not actually made from rice).
A condition in the podiatric field can also be somewhat misleading – bunionettes. That might be a cute name, but bunionette treatment is an important consideration if you have this particular toe deformity!
Many people are familiar with bunions – displaced big toe joints that jut out to the inside edge of affected feet. Hearing the term “bunionette” might give the inclination that this is simply a smaller version of a bunion. Whereas this isn’t entirely inaccurate, the key difference is not actually size. Instead, it’s a matter of location distinguishing each toe deformity. A bunion develops at the base of the big toe, whereas bunionettes are found at the base of little toes.
As with bunions, bunionettes are progressive deformities. What this means is they will not get better unless they are treated. More importantly, untreated bunionettes worsen over time. To prevent this from happening, and to ensure you receive the relief you need, it is important to come in and see us for the proper treatment.
Both bunions and bunionettes cannot be reversed or corrected without the use of surgery. Now, that being said, conservative care methods can be used to provide pain relief and keep the deformity from worsening. These include:
- Protect the bunionette with a (non-medicated) pad.
- Use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and discomfort.
- Wear custom orthotics prescribed by our medical professionals to redistribute excess pressure on the affected joint.
- Ice the inflamed bunionette to reduce irritation and relieve pain and discomfort.
- Wear shoes that fit properly and accommodate your condition.
- Perform stretches that help ease pain in the affected area.
When you come see us for treatment, our aim is to use conservative options to provide relief. If this cannot be achieved, then we will discuss your surgical options. Either way, we will do everything we can to reduce painful symptoms.If you would like additional information about bunionettes, or you need to schedule an appointment for any foot or ankle care service, simply contact McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group by calling us at (916) 961-3434 and our staff will be glad to help. You can also take advantage of our online form to connect with our Carmichael, CA office today!