Decrease Bunion Pain and Inflammation With Podiatry Treatment
A bunion grows due to long-term stresses placed on the big toe joint. The big toes pushes against the other toes forcing the joint to become larger and jut outwards. The cause of a bunion is usually wearing tight, narrow shoes that squeeze the toes causing trauma and inflammation to the big toe joint. Bunions can also develop due to a medical condition such as arthritis or an inherited structural defect.
It is time to see a foot doctor at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists when you are having persistent foot pain, pain of the big toe, a visible bump on the big toe joint, inflexibility of the big toe, or difficulty finding shoes that properly fit because of the bunion.
Bunions can be quite painful. This bulging bump forms outside the base of your big toe and often involves swelling, soreness, and redness. Corns or calluses can develop when the toes begin to overlap each other and you can also experience restricted movement of your big toe.
One of the biggest causes of pain from a bunion is when the bunion constantly rubs up against the side of your shoes causing redness, inflammation, and open sores. If you begin to show a cut, the constant rubbing makes the cut deeper and can even lead to an infection.
If you are a diabetic, it is essential to see a podiatrist at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry location because we need to prevent an infection at all costs. Infections are what leads to an amputation, which is why if you are a diabetic and notice any foot pain, it is essential that you come in for a scheduled appointment.
Footwear For Bunions
At first, we apply conservative treatment such as changing your shoes. Switching to roomier, more comfortable shoes can leave your bunion and toes plenty of space decreasing toe pressure and irritation of the bunion. Padding, taping, and splinting can help to put your foot in a normal position and medications such as Tylenol can help to decrease inflammation of the bunion.
We often recommend custom podiatrist-made orthotics that distribute pressure evenly when you move your feet. These prescription orthotics offer incredible support that help relieve bunion pain.
Lastly, if these conservative treatments do not alleviate bunion pain, we offer a surgical option to remove swollen tissue, straighten the big toe and re-align your foot. This surgery often proves successful at relieving bunion discomfort.
No matter the size of your bunion or the pain you are experiencing, there is a solution with podiatry treatment at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.
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By John Erotas