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Relieve Bunion Pain


It is time to see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists when you begin to experience any bunion pain.  Bunion progression is not a thing to take lightly. A bunion may start out small but usually becomes worse overtime and you should also have the right advice on how to slow down or even stop the progression of your bunion. 


An advanced bunion greatly alters the appearance of a person’s foot.  It is a growth or deformity that juts out from the side of your big toe.  Large bunions often produce daily complications and pain.  Their is often swelling, redness, and pain.  Even worse, when the bunion has a cut, it can constantly rub up against the side of a person’s shoes causing tremendous pain.  If the cut does not heal, this may lead to an infection.  This is why, as a diabetic, it is especially important to visit us at our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry location and get treatment for a bunion. 


Slowing Down The Growth Of A Bunion


One of our main focuses as podiatrists is to stop the progression of the bunion.  This often starts with the right footwear and support.  Custom, podiatrist-made orthotics provide the foot much support alleviating stresses and pressures on the foot that may be contributing to the continued growth of a bunion.  


Wearing roomier more flexible shoes will also help to alleviate pain and the pressure that is placed on the bunion day in and day out.  Importantly, stop wearing shoes that are obviously causing your feet pain such high-heels.  In fact, tight restrictive shoes like heels are a major cause of bunions, which is why more women than men get bunions in the first place.  


Sometimes, a bunion is hereditary and other times an bunion is due to an inflammatory condition such as rheumatoid arthritics, which if the case, we will figure out at your first visit and discuss treatment options.  The symptoms of a bunion normally include pain and tenderness, inflammation and redness, hardened skin on the bottom of the foot, a corn or callus on the bunion bump, inflexibility of the big toe and stiffness.  


Most of the time bunion relief can come from non-surgical treatment.  These treatments include changes in a person’s footwear, padding, orthotics, icing, and medication and provide much relief.  Such treatment will often stop the progression of the bunion.  If the bunion is too large and causing significant unending pain, a minor bunion surgery may be recommended.We take your health seriously and know if we work together, we will find a solution to pain relief.   


Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule your consultation.


By John Erotas 


What Is A Bunion?


Bunions form when the toe moves out of places and it’s enlargement causes friction as the bunion rubs against a person's footwear.  This is the main reason people with bunions experience pain.  Bunions are usually formed when some constant pressure or stress is exerted on the big toe joint.  In many cases, it is tight and narrow footwear such as high-heels that squeeze the toes together causing trauma to the big toe and causing the bunion to form.  


As time continues, the big toe begins to angle toward the other toes sometimes overlapping the third toe and this growing enlargement causes even more irritation and friction against the person’s footwear.  The skin over the bunion will become red and tender and can even become a cut.  Such a cut only gets worse with constant friction against that person’s footwear and may ultimately lead to an infection.  

It is especially important for a diabetic to have podiatry treatment for a bunion because a toe infection is one of the leading reasons for an amputation.  Bunions are not hereditary but can occur because of a faulty foot structure, which is why bunions do run in families.  Various foot injuries and foot types like flat feet or high-arched feet can contribute to the formation of a bunion. 


How To Heal One


Bunions do not resolve by themselves because they are bone deformities and therefore, the goal of a bunion is first to relieve the pressure placed on the bunion and pain caused by the irritations.  The second goal is to stop the growth of a bunion.  There are commonly used methods for accomplishing each aim. 


Firstly, protective padding can stop the friction against a person’s shoes and alleviate the skin problems and inflammation.  At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we remove any corns or calluses on the foot.  Changing footwear designed to accommodate both the bunion and the shape of a person’s foot will help stop the growth of it’s bunion. 


Our foot doctors may recommend orthotic devices to stabilize the joint and help place the foot in the correct position when walking and standing.  Splints at nighttime can help the toes and joint realign.  This is usually recommended for adolescents with bunions.  


Finally, if conservative options do not relieve bunion pain or stop the progression of the bunion’s growth, we offer bunion surgery, known as a bunionectomy to realign the toe and remove the bunion.  


With a Scottsdale podiatry office and Sun City podiatry office, we help many patients in the Phoenix area relieve bunion pain.  As experienced podiatrists, we know we can help you find the relief that you are looking for. 


Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule your consultation.


How To Relieve Bunion Pain


A bunion is one of the most common foot condition that I treat in my office and I have patients again and again feel better after implementing a few treatment methods.  You know it is time to see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists when you discover any bunion pain at all.  You may also want to make an appointment if you are not experiencing pain and just want to prevent any further enlargement of your bunion.  . 

A bunion is a bony outgrowth that forms on the side of the big toe.  The big toe joint suffers inflammation and the big toe is pushed inward agains the other toes.  This causes the bony bunion to form.  


A major problem with bunions is that the bunion then bumps and rubs up against the side of a person’s shoes.  Doing so can lead to many foot problems and pain such as inflammation, redness, and cuts.  Such cuts can become quite painful and even lead to an infection.  Seeing one of our podiatrists at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry locations ensures you will put on a treatment plan to stop the progression of the bunion.  


Podiatry Treatment Methods


One of the most important treatments for bunion care deals in footwear.  During your visit, we will discuss the type of shoes you need based on your foot type as well as prepare custom made orthotics for your feet that support your bunion while it begins to heal.  


There are more than three million cases of new bunions each year but it is treatable by a podiatrist.  To get immediate relief, you can try icing your and taking anti-inflammatory medication.  During your appointment, we will give you bunion pads to relieve the rubbing against your shoes.  


One of the main causes of bunions is improper footwear or narrow shoes that restrict the toe box.  The squeezing against the toes causes joint inflammation and trauma that lead to the formation of a bunion.  Changing your shoes to comfortable recommended footwear is one of the best ways to get immediate relief.  Normally, the shoes will need to be wider to provide the individual the comfort that he or she needs. 


Dr. John Erotas has helped patients for over two decades treat and relieve bunions and is confident that he can reduce the amount of pain you experience while also stopping your bunion from continuing to grow.  If you are having any foot pain whatsoever, it is time to get treatment at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  


Schedule Your Consultation!

Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!


By John Erotas



Bunion Treatment


There are more than 3 million cases of bunions each year.  A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe.  Bunions, because they protrude into the side of a person’s shoes, can cause toe stiffness and severe pain.  Constant rubbing against the side of the shoe leads to cuts, sores, inflammation, and even infections.  


The best thing to do is find treatment right away because there is a distinct reason you have a bunion that keeps getting larger and we will figure out why.  Often, this reason has to do with the shoes you are wearing.  Shoes with a tight narrow toe box such as high heels are often a main cause of bunions.  


At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we have helped patients for over 20 years get rid of bunion pain and stop bunions from continuing to grow.  As a podiatrist, there are a variety of treatment methods I implement to heal bunion pain.  


Corrective Footwear


The first thing to do is of course wear correct shoes.  Based on your foot type and lifestyle, we will recommend shoes that are both comfortable and support your feet.  By taking this immediate pressure off of your bunion, you will see fast relief and swelling will come down.  Prescription orthotics are also valuable in treating bunion pain because they too relieve the stresses and pressures put on a bunion during walking.  Our prescription orthotics are custom molded to your feet providing maximum support.  


Additionally, wearing bunions pads and taking anti-inflammatory medication will help decrease inflammation.  Bunion pads also protect the bunion from scraping against the side of your shoes allowing any cuts to heal and preventing additional wounds.  


In severe cases, where bunions do not heal from conservative treatments or the bunion is large enough where pain in incessant, we often recommend bunion surgery, which is a minor surgical procedure that can completely eliminate the bunion.  


It is time to see a podiatrist when you are experiencing foot or big toe pain.  Come into either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry office.  You may be finding it difficult to fit into your shoes because of the bunion and have decreased movement of your big toe.  Treating bunions for over 20 years, our podiatrist are experienced at not only relieving pain but figuring out how to both decrease bunion size and the progression of bunion growth.  


Schedule Your Consultation!


Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!


By Michael Stegman

How To Care For A Bunion



There are a few strategies that you can do right now to help you decrease bunion pain.  Conservative strategies often involve podiatry treatment that serves to decrease the inflammation of a bunion as well as stop the bunion from growing larger.  If the bunion is large enough, where it is causing constant pain, bunion surgery can help reduce or even eliminate a person’s bunion. 


The first thing you want to do is make sure to buy well-fitting footwear.  At our office, the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we will determine if your foot shape and what type of footwear you need to correct this bunion problem. 


Correct Your Footwear


Bunions can be caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes such as high heels or any type of shoe with a narrow toe box that squeezes the toe joint and causes inflammation.  Every person has a different foot shape.  We will recommend the best shoes for your foot shape as well as prepare custom molded orthotics that will provide your feet with the maximum amount of support.  


Use warm soaks, ice packs, and whirlpools to help reduce the inflammation of a bunion and depending on your condition, we may recommend that you wear a splint at night to ease discomfort.  

A large bunion often rubs up agains the side of a person’s shoes causing redness, irritation, swelling, cuts, and pain.  You can protect your bunion with a moleskin or gel-filled pad.  Also, taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen can help to reduce some of the inflammation.  


The most important thing is to wear the correct shoes and orthotics and this is what we will teach you do to at our office.  If the bunion is too large, we will also explain to you the benefits of surgery.  


I, Dr. John Erotas, have helped patients relieve bunion pain for over twenty years and am confident that we can help you too at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry office.  We guarantee patient satisfaction and our patients are always treated with the utmost care.  We look forward to seeing you and knowing that we helped fix this once annoying foot condition. 


Schedule Your Consultation!

Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!


By John Erotas

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