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Bunion Specialist

Michael J Frazier, DPM -  - Podiatrist

The Frazier Foot and Ankle Center

Michael J Frazier, DPM

Podiatrist located in Cypress, TX

If you find it difficult to comfortably slip on shoes due to that swollen bony bump at the base of your big toe, you have a bunion. As a board-certified podiatrist, Michael Frazier, DPM, PA, of The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center can help. Dr. Frazier offers comprehensive bunion care in his Cypress, Texas, clinic. Find out which bunion therapy is right for you, or if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive bunion surgery, by booking an evaluation. Schedule online or over the phone.

Bunion Q & A

Why do I have bunions?

Medical experts aren’t exactly sure why some men and women seem to struggle with bunions more so than others. But it’s believed that footwear can be a major culprit. If you wear tight shoes that don’t provide adequate room in the toe box, or if you wear high heels that force your toes to scrunch up at the front of your shoes, you’re more likely to develop a bunion.

When poorly fitting footwear forces your big toe to cross over your second toe on a regular basis, it’s eventually going to get stuck that way. Your big toe joint changes shape as your big toe continually gets pushed out of proper alignment. Over time, that notorious big, bony bump starts to form.

You also have a higher chance of developing a bunion if you have:

  • Arthritis, particularly rheumatoid or gouty arthritis
  • Toe injuries or trauma
  • Flat feet or high arches

No matter the reasoning behind your bunions, rest assured, you have plenty of treatment options available.

What are the symptoms of bunions?

Aside from the obvious bulging bump on the side of your toe, bunions are known for causing a wide variety of issues. Common signs and symptoms of bunions include:

  • Joint swelling or soreness
  • Limited toe movement or function
  • Chronic or intermittent pain

Plus, because your shoes won’t be able to fit you comfortably, your toes may rub the insides of your shoes in an abnormal manner. This can increase your chances of developing corns and calluses, which can lead to further discomfort.

How are bunions treated?

At The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. Frazier evaluates your bunion and takes digital X-ray imaging to determine the severity of your joint disfigurement. He designs your personalized bunion treatment plan based on your specific case and any symptoms you’re experiencing. It’s common for bunion care to include more than one of the following solutions:

  • Customized orthotic inserts
  • Specialized footwear
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Padding, splinting, or taping
  • Physical therapy

Sometimes though, bunion surgery is the best solution to help you recover from discomfort. As a board-certified podiatrist who specializes in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, you can feel confident that Dr. Frazier can correct and realign your toe joint and resolve your bunion issues — permanently.

Book your bunion exam at The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center today and start your path to pain-free feet. You can either click on the online scheduler to book, or call the office.