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By Family Foot & Ankle Care PC
July 14, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  
BunionsIf you’re dealing with a bunion then you know that this pain is no joke. If you’re dealing with a throbbing, aching pain at the base of your big toe then you could very well be dealing with a bunion. This problem, a common complaint among women, usually develops gradually over many years so many people don’t even realize that they have a bunion until symptoms start to appear. While a bunion will not go away without surgery, the good news is that a podiatrist is usually all you need to manage your symptoms without resorting to surgery. Here are some ways to effectively manage your bunions:
  • Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to help with pain and swelling
  • Ice the bunion for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day to also alleviate pain and swelling (conversely, you may choose to soak your bunion in warm water to ease symptoms)
  • Consider getting prescription orthotics (shoe inserts) to place within your shoes to take the pressure off the deformed joint and to reduce pain with walking or standing
  • Wear a night splint, which will straighten out the big toe while you sleep to reduce morning pain and stiffness
  • Only wear shoes that have a wide toe box that doesn’t put pressure on the bunion. Avoid high heels and shoes with pointed toes.
  • Perform stretching exercises every day to alleviate stiffness and to improve mobility and range of motion within the feet
  • Apply a non-medicated pad over the bunion before putting on shoes to prevent friction and the formation of a callus
Conservative treatment is typically the first course of action when treating a bunion. A patient will go through this home care plan to see if it alleviates their symptoms; however, if symptoms persist or get worse then it’s time to see your podiatrist. Your podiatrist will be able to examine the bunion to determine the severity and to create a treatment plan that will help you manage your pain.

Should I consider bunion surgery?
Most patients won’t require bunion surgery to manage their symptoms; however, if your bunion pain is severe, the deformity is large, or if conservative and nonsurgical care isn’t helping you manage your symptoms then it may be time to talk with your podiatrist about whether or not you should get bunion surgery.

Worried that you might be dealing with a bunion? Experiencing regular bunion pain? If so, a foot and ankle professional can assess the problem and provide you with a customized treatment plan to help you get your bunion pain under control.
By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
October 01, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

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 of your big toe, 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

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

 

Treatments

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
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as Aspirin
  • Wearing appropriate shoe inserts
  • Avoiding tight-fitting footwear

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:

  • Custom-made orthotics to maintain toe alignment
  • Regular physical therapy and a specialized exercise regiment
  • 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 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.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 29, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Surgery  

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.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
December 26, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Find out how to effectively manage your bunion symptoms.

Are you dealing with bunion pain and discomfort? Wondering what the best approach is to handling the issue? If so, our podiatrists in Chandler, AZ, can certainly provide you with what you need to help your feet feel better. While simple measures won’t actually get rid of Foot Bunion Treatmentthe bunion, they can alleviate symptoms and prevent it from getting worse.

Bunion treatments

Here’s what you can do for your bunions,

  • Soak your feet in warm water to ease discomfort. Alternatively, you can apply ice to the area for 10-15 minutes at a time to reduce both pain and swelling
  • Take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen, which can temporarily alleviate pain and inflammation
  • Lose excess pounds and maintain a healthy weight
  • Apply a moleskin bunion pad to the area before wearing shoes to reduce friction and irritation
  • Wear shoe inserts (custom orthotics) to provide additional support and cushioning for your feet
  • Wear shoes that fit properly and don’t put pressure on the bunion

While some people find relief from their bunion symptoms by using different prosthetic devices to realign the toes, it’s important to understand that these devices only provide temporary relief and won’t permanently realign or correct the deformity.

How do I know when it’s time to see a podiatrist?

If you suspect that you might have a bunion but aren’t sure, it’s important to receive a proper diagnosis from our Chandler, AZ, foot doctor as soon as possible. Early interventions can prevent the issue from getting worse and can minimize discomfort, pain, and swelling. If you’ve already been diagnosed with a bunion but aren’t experiencing relief from the symptoms with at-home care, then it’s important to turn to us for advice on other ways to alleviate your pain.

Sometimes our podiatrist may even recommend a night splint, which can realign the toes at night to help ease pain and stiffness. Surgery is rarely needed to treat a bunion, even though it is the only way to repair the condition. You may want to consider bunion surgery if,

  • At-home care isn’t managing your symptoms
  • Pain is severe and affecting movement or your daily routine
  • Your bunion is affecting your quality of life
  • Your bunion is leading to other problems like hammertoes or bursitis

Concerned? Give us a call!

Don’t let bunion pain keep you from the things you want to do. If you are having trouble getting bunion symptoms under control, call (480) 732-0033 Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ, today.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
September 18, 2018
Category: Proper Foot Wear
Tags: Bunions   wider width   narrow   wide  

Are you sitting down? We have some news for you. Ok, get ready...the way that you lace up your shoes can impact your experience wearing those shoes. Crazy, right? When you get behind the reason why, it actually doesn’t seem so crazy at all! All pairs of shoes are made from one standard shape of a human foot that changes slightly when you increase or decrease the size of the shoe. What about those of us whose feet tend to stray from the average shape of feet? What if our feet are a little more narrow or wide, our arches are higher up, our feet have gone flat, or we have bunions that change the shape of our foot? Ironically, finding a ‘normal’ adult foot these days is pretty difficult.

Everyone has at least one little abnormality that can impact their relationship with shoes! For those of us with slight differences in our feet, especially wide or narrow feet, changing the way we lace up our shoes can have a great impact on the relationship between our shoes and our feet. Do you have wider feet? Did you know that you can change the way you lace your shoes to make them more comfortable for your wider width? Most shoes have two sets of eyelet holes to adjust the shoelaces. When you use the outermost holes to lace your shoelaces, this allows some extra room in the toe box of the shoe, allowing it to accommodate a wider foot.

Similarly to this, you can use the inner eyelets to do the exact opposite - tighten up the toe box of your shoes to accommodate narrower feet. Depending on your needs, you may want to experiment with a combination of using outer and inner eyelets to find what works for you.

Got more questions? Dr. Alan J. Discont at Family Foot & Ankle Care is here to help! Call us today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule your next appointment at our location in Chandler, Arizona.