Posts for tag: Bunion
Many people can easily manage their bunion symptoms and slow the progression of this common foot deformity through simple lifestyle changes. There are several approaches you can take to reduce bunion pain including,
- Maintain a healthy weight or lose excess weight, which can take pressure off the feet
- Wear shoes that don’t put pressure on the bunion, that provide ample support, and that have lots of room for your toes
- Look for shoes that have a low heel (high heels can make bunions worse)
- Apply a gel or protective pad to the bunion before putting on shoes
- Talk to your podiatrist about the benefits of custom orthotics (aka shoe inserts) and how they could take pressure off the bunion when standing or in motion
- Take pain relievers, whether over-the-counter or prescribed by your doctor
- Warm or cold therapy such as warm soaks or applying ice can also improve swelling, inflammation, and pain (some people prefer the heat to the cold and vice versa; it’s a matter of preference. Try both and see what works best for you!)
- Talk with your podiatrist to see if a night splint could ease morning stiffness and pain
Of course, there are certain scenarios in which a podiatrist may recommend getting surgery to correct the bunion. Here’s when you may want to consider getting surgery,
- You are in significant and chronic pain
- Your bunion is severely enlarged, and the big toe is crossing over the other toes
- Your activities are limited due to your bunion
- Your bunion pain persists for more than a year
- Nonsurgical methods aren’t completely controlling your bunion pain
- You are developing other foot problems such as bursitis or hammertoes due to your bunion
How your podiatrist in Chandler, AZ, can help with bunions
Are you wondering what that large bony bump is next to your big toe? Chances are that it’s a bunion. Fortunately, your podiatrist offers several effective ways to treat this issue. Read on to learn how Dr. Alan J. Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ, can help with bunion pain and get you back on your feet.
Have bunions? We can help
You may be at greater risk of developing a bunion if you have a bone deformity in your foot and you wear shoes that crush your toes. Your big toe bends, forcing the toe joint to rub against the inside of your shoe, causing a bunion. High heels only add to the problem by pushing your toes forward.
If you have a small bunion, you can try a few simple tips at home to relieve bunion pain, including:
- Changing to wider, more supportive shoes
- Icing the bunion for 15 minutes several times each day
- Placing inserts or padding inside your shoes
- Taping the bunion to add support and cushioning
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
For larger, more painful bunions, you should seek out the help of your podiatrist. Dr. Discont offers several treatments for bunions, including:
- Removing calluses and corns to reduce friction
- Exercises and physical therapy to maintain mobility
- Custom-made orthotics and night splints to stabilize and align your foot
- Surgical treatment to remove the bunion, known as a bunionectomy
Need relief? Give us a call
You don’t have to suffer from bunion pain, and you can be on your way to relief with just a simple phone call. To learn more about treating your bunion pain, call Dr. Alan J. Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ, at (480) 732-0033. Call today!
Have you ever wondered why some people have big toes that point inward towards their other toes, or have a big, red, bulbous appearance at the base of their big toe? Chances are you were looking at a pretty advanced cased of bunions! You can tell a bunion is very far along in its development when the base of the big toe bone looks red, inflamed, and is abnormally large. This is the product of a bone deformity called a bunion. The area where your big toe bone meets the other parts of your foot bones forms a bony growth that pushes the big toe inward. The deformity leading to a bunion is typically caused by the toe bone being forced to grow in an abnormal direction.
This can be due to shoes with poor support, shoes that are too small for your feet, and can sometimes even happen simply because of your genetic makeup! Of all the things to inherit, a bunion isn’t the most enjoyable. Bunions can range from barely noticeable to being a very uncomfortable and even painful experience. Here are some tips and tricks from all of us at Family Foot & Ankle Care to help you avoid developing bunions:
Ask your family - it never hurts to simply ask your family what their experience has been with bunions. Did they ever get it treated? When did it start developing?
Get fitted shoes - this is by far one of the most important tips! You can potentially avoid bunions altogether by simply finding supportive shoes that truly fit your feet. Don’t settle for flimsy alternatives!
Talk to your foot doctor about orthotics - even if you don't have bunions, orthotics are a great way to help avoid developing them. Orthotics may even help with any other foot issues you have!
If you already have bunions, some of these tips may still help you. Wearing tight shoes will only make your bunion worse and cause you pain! If you notice an increase in pain or discomfort that doesn't go away, be sure to call Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews at 408-732-0033. Schedule an appointment today at our location in Chandler, Arizona.
In many cases, a bunion can be a mild inconvenience, but some bunions begin to grow out of control and cause a lot of pain and suffering in the foot. When a bunion causes so much pain and suffering in the foot that a person can not function regularly, then it is time to consider foot surgery.
What Is a Bunion?
A bunion develops when excess bone growth occurs outside of the joint of your big toe. In many cases, this causes your big toe to turn inward toward your other toes and creates a bump on the side of the big toe. Other symptoms a bunion can produce are inflammation, swelling, pain and problems moving around. Bunions develop in many cases due to improperly fitting shoes that place pressure on the toe and move it out of place, or because of poor genetics.
In many cases, bunions can be treated without surgery by changing footwear and using orthotics. If the bunion is too severe surgery may be the best option.
Types of Surgeries
Osteotomy is a procedure where the foot surgeon makes small cuts into the bones. The surgeon does this to make space so that he or she can realign the foot properly. He or she may use pins to hold the bones in the corrected position while you heal. These pins can be removed later on at the recommendation of the foot surgeon.
Exostectomy is a procedure where the foot surgeon extracts the extra bone that makes up the bunion on the joint of the toe. Exostectomy is often used in conjunction with an osteotomy to correct the alignment of the toe.
Traditional surgeries call for large incisions that open up the entire foot for the foot doctor to view. With new modern technologies, there are many minimally invasive options available that only require small incisions to be made in the foot. In most cases, a foot surgeon or podiatrist will recommend a surgery that is minimally invasive as it also has a shorter recuperation window and patients tend to heal better with these types of surgeries.
If you have a bunion that is out of control, call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. The number is 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today.
Hallux valgus may sound like a complicated, rare disease or a spell from the Harry Potter universe, but it's actually another name for bunions, a common foot disorder.
If your podiatrist has diagnosed you with hallux valgus, you may be a little taken aback. Don't worry,Â that's just a long name for a common foot disorderÂ also known as a bunion. The hallux is better known as your big toe, and "valgus" means bent or twisted. These two words together describe exactly what a bunion isÂ your big toe bent toward your other toes. Moving on to your next possible concerns: why does this problem exist and how can it be treated or prevented?
Hallux Valgus 101
Bunions form due to pressure on the two joints of the big toe. This toe becomes angled unnaturally inward and the bunion is the resulting deformity of the bone. Contrary to popular belief, they are not tumors or cysts. Bunions can present with pain, swelling, and increasingly limited range of motion.
Experts are divided on the cause of bunions: some believe that they are genetic, while others place the blame on years of wearing shoes that crowd the toes. In either case, shoes are thought to worsen hallux valgus deformities over time if they put pressure on the toes or contort the feet into abnormal positions. Since women's footwear is generally more narrow and confining than men's, bunions occur more often in them. While arthritis does not necessarily cause bunions, the joint inflammation can worsen them.
Your podiatrist will likely recommend nonÂsurgical options first. You should ensure that your shoes are comfortable and fit properly. Specialty shoe store employees can take measurements of your foot and recommend the best size. Shoe inserts or arch supports can be used to redistribute your weight and relax the muscles. For pain, overÂtheÂcounter analgesics like ibuprofen or naproxen are recommended.
If you continue you to have problems, surgery to remove some of the bone or surrounding tissue to straighten the foot back into position. A change in the shape of your foot or the way your shoes fit warrants a call to your podiatrist for evaluation.