In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, answers questions you may have about Bunions and Bunion Surgery.

A bunion is a “bump” on the joint at the base of the big toe. This joint is called the metatarsophalangeal or MTP joint. A bunion forms at the MTP joint when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. As a result, the toe is forced to bend toward the other toes, causing an often painful lump of bone on the foot. Because this joint carries a lot of the body's weight while walking, bunions can cause extreme pain if left untreated. The MTP joint itself may become stiff and sore. When this happens, wearing shoes can become difficult or impossible. Bunions are a symptom of faulty foot development and are usually caused by the way we walk and our inherited foot type or our shoes. Although bunions tend to run in families, it is the foot type that is passed down NOT the bunion. Parents who suffer from poor foot mechanics can pass their problematic foot type on to their children, who in turn are prone to developing bunions. The abnormal functioning caused by this faulty foot development can lead to pressure being exerted on and within the foot, often resulting in bone and joint deformities such as bunions and hammertoes.

Since a bunion is structural problem of the big toe joint, surgery is commonly performed to correct the problem. When the pain of a bunion interferes with daily activities, it's time to consider surgical options. Dr. Reminga says, “In my office at Northern Foot Care Center, I commonly see this type of foot deformity. I tell my patients that there isn't a "one size fits all" approach to bunion surgery. Upon examination and after x rays are taken, I talk with my patients about the options that are available to them. Surgery isn't always the answer. However, when surgery is necessary, I explain that there are different approaches that I take when correcting a bunion surgically. The type of bunion surgery is very specific to the individual patient. One type of bunion surgery should not be the answer for every bunion patient. As board certified foot and ankle specialist, I'm able to evaluate the bunion patient differently. It's a very specific and specialized approach.”

Listen to find out more about more about this interesting subject. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.