Wear Appropriate Footwear
Consider Shoe Inserts
Apply Protective Padding
Practice Pain Management
Do I need surgery for a hammertoe?
If you are dealing with hammertoes or other foot problems, you must have a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular and immediate care.
- 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
Should I consider 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.
Did you know that there are ways to prevent a bunion?
A bunion is a common foot deformity that most often affects the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, which is found on the outer side of the foot at the base of the big toe. Of course, a bunion can also affect the joints of the smaller toes (referred to as bunionettes or tailor’s bunions). While our team of Danbury, New Milford, and Plainville, CT, podiatrists, Dr. Joseph Treadwell, Dr. Christian Davis and Dr. Rihamary Jimenez can certainly help you manage your symptoms, wouldn’t it be better to prevent a bunion in the first place? Here are some ways to reduce your risk,
Say Goodbye to High Heels
If you are someone who loves their high heels then reading this may be a bit of a downer; however, high heels and shoes with pointed toes can cramp up toes and put too much pressure on the MTP joint. Over time, these shoes can do a lot of harm to your feet, causing bunions and hammertoes. While you don’t have to commit yourself to only wear flats, you will want to wear shoes with heels no taller than 2 inches.
Stretch and Strengthen Your Feet
Did you know that there are exercises you can do each and every day to help strengthen the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your feet? Just like you lift weights to improve the strength of your arms, chest, back and legs, you also want to keep your feet and ankles strong. These exercises could prevent or, at the very least, slow the progression of a bunion.
Wear Properly Fitted Shoes
Everything from the toe box to the heel of your shoes should provide proper cushioning and support. The shoes should also fit your feet properly. If you ever purchased shoes with the hopes of breaking them in, bad habits such as this could leave you dealing with a bunion in the future. Always get properly fitted for shoes and try on shoes in the late afternoon or early evening, as feet swell throughout the day.
Examine Your Feet
If bunions run in your family it may be a good idea to keep an eye on your feet, examining them thoroughly about once a month to look for any changes to the overall structure or shape. After all, a bunion develops gradually; therefore, you may not notice any symptoms at first, but you may notice that the big toe’s joint has started to stick out more or that your shoes don’t fit like they used to. By catching a bunion early, you can also turn to our Danbury, CT, podiatrist for treatment and simple solutions to prevent it from getting worse.
Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut is made up of premier podiatrists who provide comprehensive care to patients in Danbury, Plainville, and New Milford, CT and serving the New Britain, Bristol, Southington, Farmington, New Fairfield, and Ridgefield, CT, areas. Whether you are dealing with bunion pain, arthritis, or diabetes, our team can help you manage your symptoms. Call us: Danbury office – (203) 748-2220; New Milford office – (860) 355-3139 or our Plainville office – (860) 747-2200.
- Ingrown toenails
- Chronic heel pain
- A broken foot or ankle
- Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
- Severe pain
- Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
- A visible foot deformity
- Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
- An ulcer or open wound
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