A bunion and a bunionette are similar problems that can make it painful to wear certain shoes. The only difference is which joints and toes are affected. The first is a problem with your big toe. The digit dislocates from its normal position and leans toward its neighbors, while the corresponding metatarsal slides away from the ones beside it. The bulging joint that results is the bunion. The second is almost the same thing, but instead of the big toe, it develops in the littlest. The fifth toe leans in while its metatarsal leans away, creating a much smaller bunionette at the joint, but with many of the same symptoms.
The good news is that both problems can be treated conservatively. You don’t have to let either issue cause you pain or control your feet. Contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for an appointment to take care of either problem right away. Just call or fax to reach us: call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375 for Chandler; or, call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert, AZ. You can also use our website to request an appointment.