Bunions

Bunions services offered in Sugar Land and Katy, TX

Have you noticed a bump growing on the side of your big toe? Do you suffer from pain in your big toe when walking? Are your shoes starting to feel too tight? You might be experiencing the common symptoms associated with a bunion.

Bunions commonly cause pain and discomfort among foot problems, mainly affecting people with family histories and women. At Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists, with locations in Sugar Land and Katy, Texas, double board-certified podiatrist Marco Vargas, DPM provides various treatments for bunions. Book an appointment by calling the nearest office or scheduling online today. 

What are Bunions?

A bunion is an outgrowth at the base of the big toe. Usually, it forms part of an entity called hallux valgus (The big toe leans towards the second toe, rather than pointing straight). This throws the bones out of alignment producing the bunion´s “bump”. Symptoms usually appear at later stages, althought some people never have symptoms.

Bunions usually develop gradually over a long time due to mechanical pressure on the foot in the presence of predisposing factors. For example, pressure from the tight foot wears over the big toe, causing it to move toward the tiny toes. Over a period, this causes a change in the standard structure and anatomy of the foot, causing a bunion to develop. 

Certain factors that predispose to bunions include: 

  • Women (especially older women).
  • People with a family history.
  • Occupations such as teaching, nursing, ballet dancers.
  • People who wear heel lifts and narrow-toe shoes.

What are the symptoms of bunions?

Bunions are usually seen as a physical bump on the base of the big toe. Symptoms which occur at the site of the bunion, may include:

  • Swelling and redness on the joint of the big toe.
  • Pain that may vary in intensity.
  • Thickness of the skin around the joint.
  • Inability to bend the big toe normally.
  • Disability affecting regular activities.

How are bunions diagnosed?

At Vargas foot and ankle specialists, Dr. Vargas would review your medical records and ask about your symptoms. Then, to fully evaluate the condition a medical evaluation would be done on your foot. This would include checking your big toe, the surrounding skin, and joints. The goal is to check pain and sensitivity over the skin.

Dr. Vargas may order additional investigations like an X-ray to see the bones’ alignment to determine the deformity’s degree and assess the changes that have occurred. Once the evaluation is made, Dr. Vargas will develop a treatment plan to suit your needs.

How are bunions treated?

Treatment of bunions depends on several factors, such as the severity of symptoms and associated disability. To reduce the chance of damage to the joint, periodic evaluation and X-rays by our specialist needs to be done.

Dr. Vargas recommends conservative early treatments such as changing your footwear to fit slightly bigger ones, using paddings to reduce friction, doing activity modifications such as avoiding standing for long periods, and using prescription orthotics and pain medication to help relieve the pain.

If non-surgical treatments fail to relieve bunion pain and when the pain of the bunion interferes with daily activities, it’s time to discuss bunion surgery options.

To receive treatment for a bunion, make an appointment at Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling the nearest office or booking online today.

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Client Testimonials

Mary Gordon
Mary Gordon
2022-11-03
Everyone was very kind and professional. The wait time was a bit long
Steven Martin
Steven Martin
2022-11-03
Wonderfully, efficient and informative.
Cheryl Wilkins
Cheryl Wilkins
2022-11-01
The Dr. Vanessa Marcelo was extremely professional, she had a good friendly disposition. She was accurate about my diagnosis. I felt confidence in her care. Thanks to all the front staff for being friendly as well.
Claire Stelly
Claire Stelly
2022-10-28
Dr. Marcelo and Debra took excellent care of me. When I hobbled in with severe Heel Bone Spur/ Plantar Fasciitis they knew just what to do immediately and gave me a plan of action.
Cinthia Duarte
Cinthia Duarte
2022-10-27
I highly recommend Vargas Foot and Ankle Specialists! Amazing Doctors and staff. Everyone is very professional and caring. Got fitted for custom orthotics and they work miracles on my flat feet.
Manuela Valencia
Manuela Valencia
2022-10-24
This is the best podiatrist I have ever been. DR.Vargas truly cares about his patients and wants to help them in any way possible.  I would highly recommend him. The best foot doctor. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
John Vanison
John Vanison
2022-09-21
Nafisa Bandukwala
Nafisa Bandukwala
2022-09-19
Lay Caraway
Lay Caraway
2022-09-16
Mary Bass
Mary Bass
2022-09-16
Excellent
Helen H.
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I cannot fault my experience here. It was my first time at a foot specialist. Dr Marcielo was delightful, proficient and talked me gently through the procedure. Melanie the nurse was equally kind and caring. They even called me the next day to check on me. First class!
Claudia Q.
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Dr Vargas gave me back my health... my foot was very painful that i could barely walk and I couldn’t even drive. He recommended 8 laser treatments and orthotics and after the 3rd laser treatment I was able to drive. The orthotics he gave me are amazing!!! That is all I use in all my shoes now.
Robin C.
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Staff is always professional and personal. I've been going there for about 10 yrs now and I have always been happy with all results. Dr. Vargas and associates are always thorough and listen to my explanations. Thank you all
Sam B.
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Dr. Vargas and all his staff from the front desk to the back office have always been very professional and very helpful and doing all with a smile. Thank you Dr. Vargas to you and all your staff
Larry J.
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This was my first time visit. They came highly recommended and I will be coming back for my complete foot care going forward. Great service.
Mery V.
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Best Doctor in Houston! Thanks Dr Vargas for the surgical intervention, for you I am already walking. Everyone in your office is super nice and super quick to serve me. Super clean office. Really the knowledge of the Doctor is the best. A bilingual Dr who speaks perfect my Spanish language. I recommend it.