Many common foot conditions, such as bunions, can be cured with a variety of different treatments that do not involve surgery. When Floria Antell found a bunion on her left foot two years ago, her podiatrist suggested an invasive surgical procedure that would require rest afterwards for eight weeks. Antell instead looked to another podiatrist who prescribed her custom foot insoles that relieved pressure on her bunion and corrected her flat feet. This, combined with anti-inflammatory medication and shockwave therapy, allowed for her bunion to fully heal after six months—even with her daily walks and exercise. Antell shares, “It was so important to me that I didn’t have to be in bed for months, but I also learned how to take care of my feet better.”
To avoid extended pain, consider bunion treatment as soon as possible. For more information about bunion treatments, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.
Why do Bunions Form?
- Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
- Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form
How are Bunions Diagnosed?
Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.
How are Bunions Treated?
- Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
- Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
- Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
- Orthotics or foot inserts
If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.