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You might be surprised by just how simple it is to treat your bunion.
Did you know that bunions are one of the most common causes of foot pain? While experts will argue about whether high heels and tightly fitted shoes are to blame, bunions are caused by a joint misalignment and the shoes you wear can certainly exacerbate your condition. If our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, has already diagnosed you with a bunion here are some easy solutions for reducing your pain and managing your symptoms.
Who says that bunion treatment has to be invasive or aggressive? Depending on how advanced your bunion is you may be able to tackle pain and discomfort with these simple measures alone:
Wear the right shoes: You want shoes that not only cushion and support your feet but also are wide enough to give your toes room to move. If your toes are bunched together then your shoes are too tight and will make your bunion worse.
Apply protective padding: Non-medicated moleskin pads can be applied over the bunion to protect it from rubbing against shoes and aggravating it. This padding can also prevent a callus from forming over the bunion.
Consider a night splint: Sometimes it’s a good idea to splint the foot at night so that it is held in the proper alignment as you sleep. This can take pressure off the bunion and reduce pain.
Take medications: If you are looking for another easy way to ease your pain you can also consider taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce swelling and discomfort. While medications will only provide temporary relief, they can be helpful on days when your bunion just isn’t cooperating.
Ice the angry joint: If you’ve spent a long day on your feet or your bunion is just a little-upset, try icing it to help alleviate soreness or inflammation. Make sure to always wrap ice packs in a towel and only apply it to the skin for 15-20 minutes at a time.
If you’ve been trying every treatment in the book but nothing seems to be getting your bunion symptoms under control then it might be time to talk to our Gainesville foot doctor about whether surgery is the next step. Surgery shouldn’t be considered unless bunion symptoms are affecting your quality of life or if conservative treatment isn’t working.
Don’t let a bunion dictate what you can and can’t do. If these at-home options aren’t working for you, or if you are dealing with persistent pain, then it’s time you turned to the foot experts at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA.
Is your bunion pain beginning to become too much to handle? Do you feel pain while you walk, have trouble bending or straightening your big toe or experience redness and swelling at the base of your big toe? If so, bunion treatment may be necessary. Fortunately, many options are available with help from your Gainesville, FL podiatrist at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center.
What are bunions?
Bunions are a bony growth located at the base of the big toe. As a bunion grows, it pushes the big toe towards the smaller toes, forcing the toes to push sideways. Due to its location, the body’s weight falls directly onto the bunion, making walking and standing painful. The resulting lump of the bunion tends to rub against shoes, causing irritation and swelling. Women are more likely to develop bunions than men though men can develop them as well. Genetics also play a part in the presence of bunions.
How are bunions treated?
Sometimes, simply switching the shoes you wear is enough to relieve bunion pain and irritation. Avoid narrow or pointed shoes, such as high heels and try to wear shoes with a big enough toe box to properly accommodate for the foot’s width. Icing the foot or taking over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen help relieve pain and swelling. In more severe cases, your Gainesville doctor may determine you need bunion surgery called a bunionectomy.
What is a bunionectomy?
A bunionectomy is a surgical procedure which removes the bunion itself and realigns the muscles in the foot to provide normal functionality and pain relief. Bunion surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. You will need about six weeks of recovery time, wearing a walking boot and, if necessary, using crutches. However, bunion removal has a high success rate. Avoid bunions from reforming by wearing comfortable shoes and avoiding narrow toe boxes.
Your podiatrist can help you determine if you would benefit from bunion surgery. For more information on bunion treatment, please contact Dr. Mukesh Bhakta at Prince William Foot & Ankle Care in Gainesville, FL. Call (703)753-3338 to schedule your examination today!