American Foot and Ankle Specialists

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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

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. 


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By John Erotas

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Relieving Bunion Pain



Bunion treatment is mostly conservative and by applying simple podiatrist strategies, you can stop a bunion from continuing to grow, protect yourself from bunion pain, and shrink swelling.  One of the main causes of a bunion is bad fitting shoes.  These include dress shoes like high heels or any shoes with a tight toe box.  


The toe box squeezes the toe joints causing inflammation and the big toe joint to protrude outward forming the bunion.  One of the best ways to heal bunion pain is to make sure you have the correct footwear. 


At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we will make sure you have the best footwear that protects your individual feet.  Different shoes are made for different feet but many times this information isn’t discussed when purchasing a pair of shoes.  Also, the in soles in a shoe are generic and can be actively contributing to foot pain. 


I will look at the shape of your feet and recommend for you shoes that will help the bunion to heel.  Also, I may custom make a pair of orthotics for you so that your feet are provided the maximum amount of support.  


Taking Away Bunion Irritations


Using warm soaks, ice packs, ultrasound, and massage are all good ways to reduce pain and swelling.  We can also provide and recommend gel-filled pads which protect the bunion from rubbing up against the side on your shoes. 


One of the main problems with a bunion is that as it grows, it begins to rub up against the side of a person’s shoes.  This causes tremendous irritation that leads to swelling, redness, and even cuts and sores that only get deeper and which can turn into an infection.  


Maintaining a normal weight will also relieve an extra pressure put onto your feet.  All bunions are permanent unless surgically corrected.  If severe, we can provide a minor surgical procedure that will realign your big toe and remove bunion tissue. 


No matter the severity of your bunion, we have a solution for you.  In fact, we guarantee patient satisfaction, which is why we have been able to help patients again and again for over twenty years in practice.  We look forward to helping you both solve and understand this problem and you can book your appointment at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry office.  


Schedule Your Consultation Today!


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


By John Erotas