Posts for tag: Bunions
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.
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!
What is a Bunion?
What Causes Bunions?
How a Podiatrist Can Help
Prevention is Key
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!
While it may begin seemingly innocent, bunions can cause serious pain and discomfort down the line. However, many patients do not even 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.