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With the ability to cause nagging discomfort throughout the day and prohibit daily movements as simple as walking, bunions can quickly turn from a barely noticeable bump on your toe, to a painful deformity that detracts from your over wellbeing. Fortunately, if caught early, you can prevent this podiatric issue from developing into a serious problem. Read on to learn if you could be suffering from this condition, and whether you should take a visit to your local podiatrist.
Signs That You May Have a Bunion
Generally forming on the side or top of your big toe joint, bunions are hard, bony lumps that are often caused by wearing poorly-fitted shoes (especially high heels), having genetic predispositions, or experiencing a foot injury. If you think that you may have a bunion, be on the lookout for these symptoms:
- A bony protrusion at the base of your toe
- A generally red discoloration
- A feeling of tightness in previously comfortable shoes
- pain, swelling or even a shoe bite in this area
The above-listed symptoms describe the beginning stages of a bunion, a point during which your podiatrist will likely recommend a conservative approach to treatment. However, you may require more extensive medical care if you begin to notice these signs:
- Persistent pain and swelling
- Periodic numbness of the foot
- Restricted and slowed movement of the toe/foot
- under or over lapping toes
- deformation of shoe gear
For less serious bunion cases, ones in which there isn’t pain yet and movement is still unrestricted, your podiatrist may recommend:
- Soaking your foot in warm water or iceing the area
- Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as Aspirin
- Wearing appropriate shoe inserts
- Avoiding tight-fitting footwear
- use of a shoe stretcher
- various padding
In severe bunion cases, your podiatrist will likely recommend a more rigorous treatment approach in order to alleviate pain and increase mobility. Some of these options include:
- A possible injection to calm the inflamation in the area
- Custom-made orthotics to maintain toe alignment
- Regular physical therapy and a specialized exercise regiment
- Topical pain relievers
- Bunionectomy, a surgery to remove the bunion and realign the foot (this is only necessary in the most extreme of cases)
Concerned? Contact Us
If your not sure you have a bunion or if you feel that bunions are disrupting your life, then take the pro-active approach and schedule an appointment at our office to learn how to regain your health.
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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.