bunion that may turn into a foot wound if left untreatedYep! A bunion is a bony protrusion that develops on the side of the foot closest to the big toe. A bunion may not seem to be a serious problem, but it can turn into a foot wound and lead to complications. If a bunion rubs against the inside of a shoe, it can cause blisters or open sores, and if left untreated, the wounds can become infected. For those with diabetes, a wound like that can be difficult to heal. Below, our Tarrant County foot care specialist explains how to treat bunions, so they do not turn into serious foot wounds. 

Bunion and Foot Wound Treatment Options

Bunions typically do not pose a serious problem. For some patients with mild bunions, wearing wider shoes or tying them properly (see video below) and applying padding over the area of the bunion are often enough to manage the condition and prevent sores from developing. If the bunion causes severe pain or difficulty walking, a podiatrist may suggest surgery to correct the deformity.

If you have a bunion that has turned into an open wound and/or has become infected, contact our Tarrant County foot care specialist as soon as possible. The earlier you treat a foot wound, the more likely you are to avoid serious complications.

Signs of a Foot Wound Infection  

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness and warmth
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Drainage that is not clear

If the infection is left untreated, it can spread to surrounding tissue and bone. Amputation may be needed to prevent death if the infection cannot be stopped. Our Tarrant County foot care specialist can evaluate the wound to determine the treatment best for the patient’s specific condition.

Contact Our Tarrant County Foot Care Specialist for an Evaluation

If you have a bunion or signs of a foot wound, contact Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for a consultation today. Our Tarrant County foot care specialist can answer your questions and create a custom treatment plan based on your specific needs. Contact our Grapevine or Keller office to request an appointment by filling out our convenient online contact form, or call our office at 817-481-4000.