Posts for tag: Bunions
A bunion is one of the most common foot deformities, often affecting the joint at the base of the big toe. Anyone can develop this painful condition but it most often occurs in women. A bunion affects the structure of the foot, causing the joint to become enlarged, which causes the big toe to lean inward towards the other toes. In some cases, the big toe even overlaps the toes. This deformed joint may often become red or swollen, especially when wearing certain shoes or after certain physical activities.
A bunion is a gradual deformity, which means that as soon as you begin to notice changes in the joint or you start to experience symptoms you should consult a podiatrist. While the only way to correct the deformity is through surgery this is usually the last treatment option. After all, a foot doctor can often create a treatment plan that will reduce pain and prevent the deformity from progressing without needing to turn to surgery.
The first course of treatment is usually more conservative. You may be able to manage your bunion pain and swelling by:
- Taking over-the-counter NSAIDs
- Icing the bunion for up to 15 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
- Placing orthotics into your shoes to alleviate pressure on the joint (talk to your podiatrist about creating custom orthotics)
- Splinting or taping the foot to improve the structural alignment
- Wearing appropriate and supportive footwear that doesn’t put pressure on the toes or bunion
- Applying a bunion pad over the area to prevent a callus from forming while wearing shoes
- Avoiding certain activities and sports that could exacerbate your condition
For many people, these lifestyle changes and simple at-home treatment options are all that’s needed to reduce bunion pain and discomfort, and to prevent the problem from getting worse. Of course, if you find that at-home care isn’t providing you with relief, or if bunion pain is persistent or severe, then you should turn to a podiatrist for an evaluation. Not sure if you have a bunion or not? Call your foot doctor.
When should someone consider bunion surgery?
As we mentioned earlier, bunion surgery is considered a last resort when all other treatment options have been exhausted and they haven’t helped get your bunion symptoms under control. You may also want to consider getting bunion surgery if:
- Your bunion is large and makes it difficult to wear shoes
- Your bunion pain is severe and chronic
- You have trouble walking or moving around because of your bunion
- Your bunion is affecting your quality of life
It can take up to 6 months to fully recover from traditional bunion surgery so it’s important to discuss all of your treatment options with your podiatrist to find the most effective method for getting your bunion symptoms under control.
There are many ways in which our podiatric team can help you alleviate your bunion pain.
Are you suddenly noticing some pain and discomfort around the base of your big toe, particularly when walking around or standing in place for long periods of time? Is there a hard bump jutting out near your big toe? If so, you could be dealing with a bunion, a very common foot deformity. Do you have a bunion? Our McKinney and Prosper, TX, podiatrists Dr. Eric Silvers, Dr. Christopher Witt and Dr. Dustin Lloyd are here to give you the answers you need and many ways to treat your symptoms.
While the bad news is that a bunion won’t go away unless you have surgery to correct it, the good news is that you can prevent symptoms from rearing their ugly head by putting some foot-friendly measures in place. The sooner you get a diagnosis from our McKinney and Prosper, TX foot doctor the sooner you can start to provide your feet with the care they need to prevent the deformity from progressing.
Tip #1: Wear the Appropriate Footwear
This is by far the most important tip you can follow if you want to give your feet the care they deserve. Shoes that are too tight, scrunch up your toes or have a heel over 2 inches will put too much pressure on the bunion and make it worse. It’s important that when you find shoes that you look for these main things:
- Great arch support
- Ample room in the toe box (toes should be able to wiggle and move)
- A slight heel (again, nothing at or over 2 inches)
Tip #2: Consider Putting Orthotics in Your Shoes
So the over-the-counter shoe inserts that you can find at your local drugstore probably won’t provide you with much help for your specific condition; however, our foot doctors can create custom-made shoe inserts that are perfectly crafted to your specific foot structure to provide them with the support they need while also redistributing the weight evenly so excessive pressure isn’t put on the bunion when you walk or stand.
Tip #3: Don’t Forget to Work Out Those Feet
While we don’t mean that you should be lacing up those sneakers and taking to the running trails, we do mean that you should be performing certain therapeutic foot exercises each and every day to stretch and improve flexibility within the affected toe while also strengthening the muscles in your feet to improve the alignment. Here are some exercises you can perform at home to help ease pain and discomfort associated with your bunion.
Don’t let your bunion dictate your daily routine. Take charge and jump back into the action when you turn to our foot care specialists in McKinney and Prosper, TX. Call Advanced Foot and Ankle Center today to find the best approach for managing your bunion symptoms.
What is a Bunion?
What Causes Bunions?
How a Podiatrist Can Help
Prevention is Key
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX, our podiatrists see many patients with bunions. In this blog post, you'll learn what bunions are, how they can affect your foot health, and how they're treated.
What are bunions?
On the surface, a bunion, also known as hallux valgus, will look like a pronounced, triangular lump or growth under the skin, but they're actually an abnormal bending of the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions develop when the big toe is consistently pushed against the other toes and the joint begins to jut outwards. They tend to affect women more than men, largely due to popular styles of women's footwear that crowd the toes. They're known to be hereditary, so if your mother had bunions, it's more likely you will experience them as well. Arthritis can also exacerbate the development of bunions.
Are bunions dangerous?
Typically, bunions do not cause major problems, although they can develop blisters or calluses if they rub up against the inside of your shoes. This is little more than uncomfortable for most people; however, your McKinney and Prosper podiatrist urges all patients with diabetes to make an appointment any time a foot injury develops. This is to avoid potential complications associated with diminished blood circulation. We also see patients who experience joint pain associated with bunions, particularly if they have arthritis.
How are bunions treated?
Often, a troublesome bunion can be managed with a cushioned pad or shoe insert. Your podiatrist can recommend the best brands and designs for your situation. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can also help quell joint discomfort. For particularly painful bunions that do not respond to conservative treatment, there are surgical procedures that can realign the joint.
For questions about bunions or any other foot and ankle related problem, contact Advanced Foot and Ankle Center to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists. We have offices located in both McKinney and Prosper, TX to better serve your needs!
Find out how to manage your bunion symptoms and when to consider surgery.
Regardless of whether you want to sport those lovely pair of sandals or your new high heels, you may realize that you’ll want to do something about that bump that’s sticking out at the base of your big toe. This is known as a bunion or, as our McKinney and Prosper, TX, podiatrists call it, a hallux valgus.
This deformity occurs when the joints and bones of the big toe are misaligned and stay that way so long that all the pressure and force causes the protrusion to get larger and the big toe to lean inwards on the other toes. So, what can you do to treat pain, discomfort or other symptoms of having a bunion?
In the beginning, our McKinney and Prosper foot doctors will offer up conservative but effective approaches for treating your symptoms. Some people don’t experience symptoms at all but if you have pain or pressure near the joint here are some ways to tackle this issues:
- Take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to help reduce swelling and pain. We know this is only a temporary solution but one that can help here and there along with other treatments.
- Wear a moleskin pad to cover over the bunion. This will help take pressure of the bony protrusion and prevent friction and pressure when walking in shoes.
- Talk to us about whether getting custom orthotics could redistribute the weight more evenly on your feet and take pressure off your bunion.
- Only wear shoes that give your toes enough room to wiggle and move around.
- Consider wearing a foot splint at night while you are asleep. This splint can help reposition your toe so it’s in the proper alignment, which will reduce pain.
When is it time to get surgery?
If your bunion is causing severe or chronic pain, or it makes it difficult to walk or move around comfortably then we may recommend surgery. This is usually the case for those who’ve had pain for at least a year and haven’t experienced relief from the above treatment methods.
If you aren’t sure whether you have a bunion it’s a good idea to have the foot specialists at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX, take a look and make sure before you start treating your symptoms. Call us today to schedule an appointment.