Bunion Treatment And Care
There are a range of treatment options available depending on the severity of your bunion and the amount of pain that it causes. At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we first implement conservative nonsurgical treatments that often relieve pain and take the pressure off of the bunion.
One of the first strategies is to change shoes. Since tight, restrictive shoes are often the cause of a bunion, make sure to stop wearing high heels and any shoes with a narrow toe box. You also to wear shoes that match up with your foot shape. For example, some shoes are only for flat feet while others are for high arched feet.
You need to find out your foot shape and then shoes and sneakers that help to support your feet rather than harm it. We can help you with this recommendation. Next, we also create custom molded orthotics for our patients to further foot support.
Prescription orthotics provide the maximum amount of support because they align with your individual walking pattern and foot shape. Padded shoe inserts distribute the pressure of your feet when you move them helping to reduce symptoms.
Reducing Bunion Pain and Size
To decrease the pressure placed on a bunion, we can help you tape and pad your foot into a normal position. Bunion pads also protect your bunion against rubbing the side of your shoes, which is often the cause of pain, redness, swelling, and irritation. Anti-inflammatory medications may also be helpful in reducing inflammation as well as applying ice.
In some cases and when conservative treatments do not provide relief for your symptoms, surgery is recommended. Fortunately, bunion surgery it a minor procedure, where the goal is to relieve the discomfort by returning your toe to the correct position.
A surgical procedure often involves removing swollen tissue from around the big toe joint, straightening your big toe, realigning the long bone in the back part of your foot at the big toe, and joining the bones of your affected joint. It is even possible that you may be able to walk on your foot immediately after a bunion procedure though full recovery usually takes a few weeks.
Bunion surgery is not recommend unless it is causing your frequent pain.
As a podiatrist, I can guarantee you that we will find a solution that works to stop the growth of your bunion and relieve any pain you may be experiencing. You can visit us at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry locations.
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By John Erotas