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Bunion Specialist

Tad Borland, DPM, MS -  - Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Step Right Podiatry

Tad Borland, DPM, MS

Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Ambridge, PA

That bony bump that develops at the side of your big toe can lead to pain and inflammation, so get treatment for it before your bunion worsens. At Step Right Podiatry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, you can meet with expert podiatrist Tad Borland, DPM, MS. Dr. Borland can help relieve your bunion discomfort and, if needed, correct it surgically. Book your bunion evaluation with the online scheduler or call the clinic directly.


Why do I have bunions?

Bunions are permanent deformities that develop at the base of your big toe — bunionettes are similar and affect your small toe. The primary cause of bunions is often poorly fitting footwear. If you tend to wear shoes with high heels or narrow points, your toes continuously get pushed into an unnatural position.

With daily wear, those snug-fitting shoes can cause your toes to stay in that position, which changes the shape and structure of your toe joint. But your shoes aren’t the only thing to blame when it comes to bunions, though. You also have a higher risk of developing bunions due to:

  • Your inherited foot shape
  • Previous foot injury
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

It isn’t always known why some men and women have bunions. In any case, you should seek medical intervention from a podiatrist before your symptoms worsen and start keeping you from doing the things you enjoy.

What are the symptoms of bunions?

One of the most notorious signs of a bunion is, of course, that bony bump on the side of your big toe — or small toe if you have a bunionette. This toe deformity can lead to:

  • Restricted toe movement
  • Corns or calluses
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Chronic or intermittent pain

Plus, you may also find that it’s difficult to fit into shoes comfortably since your foot is permanently misshapen. If any of these issues sound familiar, it’s time to see Dr. Borland at Step Right Podiatry for treatment.

How are bunions treated?

Dr. Borland is probably going to start you out with conservative therapies to see if you get relief from bunion discomfort. You might notice a considerable improvement from pain and inflammation with:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Taping, splinting, or strapping
  • Physical therapy or daily stretches

If your bunion is severe, or if you’re just not getting relief, Dr. Borland could suggest bunion surgery. This minimally invasive procedure allows Dr. Borland to permanently realign your toe joint, remove damaged tissues or bone fragments, or make repairs to damaged areas.

Schedule your bunion evaluation at Step Right Podiatry today. You can request an appointment online or over the phone.