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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.


Why Bunion Pain Starts


The medical term for a bunion is hallux values and symptoms include bone deformity, pain, and stiffness.  A bunion will continue to grow until a significant change in lifestyle occurs and if you are experiencing pain, it is time to immediately visit a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists. 


Bunion are particularly painful because as they grow, they rub up against the side of a person’s shoes.  This causes inflammation, redness, and tenderness.  After some time, cuts form on the bunion and the constant rubbing of the cuts causes tremendous pain and can even lead to an infection.  A diabetic needs to be particularly careful and come in immediately for podiatry treatment because an infection can result in an amputation.  


Reducing Bunion Pain


The way to decrease inflammation and stop the progression of bunion size is quite simple.  The first thing is to stop wearing shoes that squeeze your feet. Bunions are more common in women than in men because the prevalence of wearing high heels in our culture leads to the development of a bunion since high heels squeeze the toes so tightly together.  This squeezing is often the cause of joint inflammation and bone deformity.  


You can start of by placing a cold compress on the bunion to help decrease inflammation.  Bunion pads protect the bunion from rubbing up against one’s shoes and wearing wider, more flexible shoes will take much of the pressure off a bunion.  Changing one’s shoes to comfortable footwear will immediately provide relief but I suggest knowing which shoes to wear based on your foot type, which we can go over during an office visit.  


If you bunion has developed calluses, we can shave the callus to protect you against foot pain.  Importantly, our podiatrists provide custom-made, prescription orthotics to increase foot support while walking.  By relieving foot pressure, the bunion may stop growing altogether.  


When Conservative Treatment Doesn't Work


In cases where foot pain will not go away, surgery is recommended.  Bone surgery realigns, lengthens, or shortens the bone often getting rid of the bone.   It restores normal alignment to the toes, which relieves pain and removes unnecessary inflammation-causing tissue from the joint.  Surgery also can straighten your big toe stopping the protrusion of the joint.  


The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have offices both in Sun City and Scottsdale, Arizona.  Our specialists have helped patients for over two decades relieve bunion pain and we are confident that we can help you stop the progression of your bunion and provide you a solution to this painful problem.  


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


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.  


Schedule Your Consultation

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


By John Erotas


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