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By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut, P.C.
January 04, 2019
Category: Foot Treatment
Tags: Bunions  

That large, bony bump by the side of your big toe is probably a bunion. So, should you seek treatment? If you want to eliminate the bunion, seeking treatment from a professional is your best option. Your podiatrist can help. The podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut offer effective treatment for bunions. They have several convenient office locations in Plainville, Danbury, and New Milford, Connecticut to help you and your feet feel better.

Bunions can keep you off of your feet and make it difficult to put on shoes or find shoes that are comfortable. Small bunions that aren’t too painful can be relieved using a few simple tricks you can do at home. You can try:

  • Wearing inserts or padding to cushion the bunion
  • Cushioning or taping the bunion for added support
  • Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Changing to wider, more supportive shoes with more toe room

If your bunion is large, painful, and makes it difficult to wear shoes, you need to seek treatment from your podiatrist. At Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut, the podiatrists offer several effective treatments to get relief from bunions. They may recommend:

  • Custom-fit orthotics and footwear
  • Corticosteroid injections around the bunion
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications

There are several effective ways to eliminate bunions surgically. Your podiatrist may recommend fusing your big toe joints, surgically straightening your big toe, and removing soft tissue or bone. Surgical treatment may be necessary if your bunion causes:

  • Severe foot pain that affects walking or wearing shoes
  • Chronic inflammation and swelling of your big toe
  • Bone deformity and stiffness in your big toe

Don’t suffer from bunion pain when help is just a phone call away. If you are dealing with bunions, seek out treatment from the experts and get rid of your bunions for good. For more information about bunion treatment, call the podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut, with offices in Plainville, Danbury, and New Milford, Connecticut. Call today!

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut, P.C.
May 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsWhat is a Bunion?

Are you dealing with a bunion? A bunion is a protrusion of the bone at the base of the big toe. While a bunion may seem like a bump, according to the (APMA) American Podiatric Medical Association a bunion is actually the enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe – the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. While bunions are a common foot disorder, it is not something that you should ignore as bunions can cause discomfort and become inflamed if left untreated.

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions can be hereditary and aggravated by the shoes you wear, especially high heels or shoes that don’t have enough room for your toes. Certain factors can also contribute to the development of bunions, such as if you have flat feet or low arches or if your feet pronate (when the ankles roll in towards each other during movement and cause excessive and prolonged pressure on the joints in the feet). If you are dealing with bunions, or think that you are, it’s important to seek help from a qualified podiatrist to get the care you need to relieve your pain and discomfort.

How a Podiatrist Can Help

Your podiatrist may recommend certain conservative at home steps you can take to minimize the discomfort. The first thing they may recommend is that you look at or change the kind of shoes you wear. It’s important to find shoes that are wide enough to accommodate your toes. Shoes such as high heels are likely to make the problem worse. Bunion pads can also help with your discomfort.
Severe bunion pain can restrict your mobility. Untreated bunions can continue to get worse if you don’t do something about them and can lead to other issues such as calluses and corns, or you may experience pain or redness on the site of the bunion, as well as swelling.
Other treatment options include orthotics or a combination of physical therapy and medication to relieve pressure and inflammation of the bunion. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to resolve the issue.

Prevention is Key

We all like to remain active, and oftentimes it is the result of this activity that can make your bunion pain worse. You should visit your podiatrist if you notice any issues so they can be caught and treated as early as possible. Call our office today.
By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut, P.C.
December 18, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Surgery  

Bunion Pain

Characterized by a large, unsightly bump on the side of the big toe joint, bunions signal an underlying deformity in the structure of the foot. Left untreated, bunions may become progressively worse, causing severe discomfort, difficulty walking, redness and swelling.

Treatment options vary with the severity of each bunion. Identifying the deformity early in its development is important in avoiding surgery. Common conservative treatments include rest, ice, padding, orthotics and footwear modifications. Many times a combination of these simple lifestyle changes and non-surgical approaches are enough to relieve the pain and stop the progression of the bunion, although these treatments won’t reverse the actual deformity.

When non-surgical treatments fail to relieve your pain, or your bunion is interfering with normal, daily activities, our office may recommend a bunionectomy, which involves the surgical removal of a bunion to reduce pressure and repair the joint. There are a variety of surgical procedures available to treat bunions. The goal of surgery is to correct the deformity by realigning the toe. This is accomplished by removing the bony bump and restoring normal, pain-free function.  

When Should I Consider Bunion Surgery?

  • Nonsurgical, conservative treatment has failed to relieve your bunion pain
  • Walking or performing normal, everyday tasks is difficult and painful
  • The simple act of wearing shoes causes pain
  • Your big toe joint is constantly swollen

Your age and health may also determine your candidacy for bunion surgery. Your podiatrist will work with you to determine the best treatment for your individual needs. With the surgical removal of bunions, we can relieve your pain and help you return to the activities you enjoy!

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut, P.C.
October 23, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

While it may begin seemingly innocent, bunions can cause serious pain and discomfort down the line. However, many patients do not evenbunions realize they suffer from this condition until it is too late to prevent it from becoming worse or uncomfortable. Luckily, your podiatrist can help you understand the symptoms of a bunion, how to prevent their growth, and what you can do to find relief. Find out more about bunions with Dr. Joseph Treadwell, Dr. Christian Davis, and Dr. Rihamary Jimenez at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Connecticut with locations in Plainville, Danbury, and New Milford, CT.

Do I have a bunion? 
A bunion is a bony growth located at the base of the big toe. The bunion, which grows outward on the inside edge of the foot, causes the toes to grow toward the smallest toe toward the outside of the foot. Eventually, the toes begin to overlap, causing other conditions like corns and calluses where they touch and rub together. Bunions usually begin painlessly, then become uncomfortable over time. Due to their location, they take the brunt of the body’s weight, becoming painful over time. Additionally, bunions tend to rub the inside of the shoe, causing irritation.

Can I prevent a bunion? 
To prevent or slow a bunion’s growth, some patients should simply change the type of shoes they wear. Bunions are linked to ill-fitting shoes, whether they be too-tight, too-narrow, or high-heeled. Wear shoes that allow your toes to lay flat and have ample room for the width of your foot. Additionally, see your podiatrist for regular foot examinations to ensure that you do not need further treatment for your bunion.

Bunion Treatments in Plainville, Danbury, and New Milford
When a bunion is in its early stages, simply using prevention methods like wearing different shoes may slow its growth enough to keep it from becoming uncomfortable. However, bunions in their later stages may require a surgery called bunionectomy to remove the growth and realign the toes. Your podiatrist can help you seek out the best bunion treatment for you.

For more information on bunions or their treatments, please contact Dr. Treadwell, Dr. Davis, and Dr. Jimenez at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Connecticut with locations in Plainville, Danbury, and New Milford, CT. Call (860) 747-2200 to schedule an appointment in Plainville, (203) 748-2220 to schedule an appointment in Danbury, or (860) 355-3139 to schedule an appointment in New Milford.

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut, P.C.
October 27, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Foot pain can throw a wrench in even the best of days. Unfortunately, people everywhere experience this common complaint often. bunionsSome conditions, like bunions, are treatable and curable with the help of your Plainville, New Milford and Danbury, CT podiatrist. Learn more about bunions and their treatments with Dr. Joseph Treadwell and Dr. Christian Davis at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Connecticut.

Do I have a bunion? 
Bunions form on the inside of the foot at the base of the big toe. You will notice a lump in that area which protrudes unnaturally. Bunions grow very slowly but, in the more advanced stages, cause the big toe to start growing towards the smaller toes, resulting in misalignments and overlapping toes. Some symptoms of bunions include:

  • pain while standing or walking
  • swelling or tenderness around the area of the lump
  • corns and calluses on toes
  • pain, either intermittent or all the time
  • decreased range of motion of your big toe

Women are more at risk for bunion development than men, often connected to wearing high-heeled and narrow shoes. Men, however, can also develop this condition, especially if they wear narrow, dress-style shoes often. Genetics also play a role in bunion development as one inherits their foot type, which could be prone to bunions.

Bunion Treatment in Plainville, New Milford and Danbury, CT
In the early stages, your podiatrist will suggest simply watching the bunion and preventing its growth. This involves avoiding high-heeled or narrow shoes and switching to shoes with a wider toe box and enough room for your feet to lay completely flat inside. Icing the bunion can help relieve pain and swelling, as can taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. Severe cases of bunions require bunion surgery. This surgery removes the entire bunion and, if necessary, realigns the toes to their natural positions. Your doctor can help you determine which of these treatments is right for you and your condition.

For more information on bunions, please contact Dr. Treadwell and Dr. Davis at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Connecticut in Plainville, New Milford and Danbury, CT. Call to schedule your examination with your podiatrist today!