A bunion is a deformity of the bone. It can cause much inflammation and pain if not treated quickly and properly. The friction of the bunion rubbing against one’s footwear can also cause discomfort and irritation. Fortunately, bunions are a very treatable foot problem.
Firstly, get yourself some comfortable footwear. Improper footwear will rub up against the bunion causing greater pain and irritation.
With a bunion, the bone connected to the big toe starts to grow outward pushing the big toe toward the other toes. This process, if untreated by a foot doctor, may lead to hammertoes, corns, or calluses.
Bunions can be left untreated but when they become painful, a podiatrist can use different conservative treatments to help reduce the pain and swelling of the bunion. Such treatments include padding for the bunion so that there is less pressure of the bunion pushing against one’s shoes.
Other conservative treatments include anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, wider shoes, and custom orthotics. All these treatments work on increasing comfort while decreasing pain and swelling.
Speak to your podiatrist about what treatments may help relieve bunion pain. Splints for night time wear may help to again align the toes and joints properly.
When these conservative treatments fail to provide enough relief, bunion surgery should be considered to correct the bunion deformity. Bunion surgery is accomplished on an out-patient basis and you will get to leave the hospital on the same day.
Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas of American Foot and Ankle Specialists have extensive experience in treating bunions. Painful bunions can interfere with walking and exercising and you can prevent them from getting worse.
Many women develop bunions because of improper foot wear; they develop when susceptible feet are repeatedly squeezed into narrow, pointed-toe footwear. High heels can exacerbate the problem because they tip the body's weight forward, forcing the toes into the front of the shoe.
Do not fret because the foot doctor’s at American Foot and Ankle Specialists can point you in the right direction to release that tension. Call today for an appointment at 480-483-9000. Our offices are located in Scottsdale and Sun City Arizona. As an Arizona foot doctor, we look forward to meeting you and helping you treat any foot issues you may be experiencing.