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Don’t let a bunion lead to chronic foot pain. Learn how to manage your symptoms.
Do you find yourself rubbing a rather hard bony lump near your big toe? If so, then you might have a bunion. While anyone can develop bunions, women are more likely to develop this foot deformity. Blame genetics, or blame those high heels that you wear everyday to work; however, there are ways to prevent this problem from getting worse. From the office of our Asheville, NC, podiatrist Dr. Daniel Waldman, discover some ways to reduce bunion pain and swelling.
How do I know that I have a bunion?
While a bunion can develop on just about any joint in the foot, it most often affects the big joint at the base of the big toe. Take a moment to examine your feet. Stand up straight and look at the curve and appearance of both feet. If you notice that one or both feet have a bony protrusion sticking out from the base of the big toe and that your big toe has started to lean in on the smaller toes then you could have the beginnings of a bunion.
Bunions, particularly early on, don’t always cause symptoms. This deformity develops gradually over time and can be exacerbated by wearing poorly fitted shoes or high heels, which put unnecessary pressure on the joint. If you are starting to experience inflammation or pain in that area, particularly when walking around then it’s time to visit your Asheville, NC, foot doctor to find out whether it’s the result of a bunion or if something else is going on.
How do I treat a bunion?
Since this deformity is progressive the goal for treatment is to prevent the bunion from getting worse. The only way to get rid of a bunion is through surgery; however, surgery is usually the very last treatment option to consider and is only recommended when other treatment options have failed to provide relief. But you’ll be happy to know that bunions can easily be managed with simple, everyday measures such as:
- Wearing supportive, properly fitted shoes
- Applying a protective non-medicated pad over the bunion before wearing shoes
- Wearing a splint, which can realign the foot and take pressure off the bunion
- Placing custom orthotics into your shoes for further support and stabilization
Do you want to know whether your foot problems could be the result of a bunion? Want to learn more about the ways we can help you manage your bunion symptoms? Then it’s the perfect time to turn to Dr. Waldman at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC. Dr. Waldman is board certified and also teaches surgery nationally and internationally including the latest Minimal incision. Call our office today at 828-254-5371 or visit https://www.blueridgefoot.com/.
A bunion is an abnormal, bony prominence that develops on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the big toe joint becomes enlarged, it forces the toe to crowd against your other toes, and the pressure exerted on your big toe joint results in inflammation and pain. Early treatment is necessary to decrease the risk of developing joint deformities.
Bunions develop due to prolonged abnormal pressure or motion on your big toe joint, most often caused by inherited structural defects, poor-fitting shoes, foot injuries, or congenital deformities. Women are generally more prone to bunions because of the shoe types typically worn, such as high-heels and narrow-toed shoes.
Bunion pain can range from mild to severe, often making it difficult to wear shoes and perform normal activities. You should contact our office if you notice the following symptoms:
- An enlarged, visible bulge on your big toe joint
- Restricted movement of your big toe or foot that prevents you from performing normal activities
- Irritation, corns or calluses caused by the overlap of the first and second toes
- Frequent pain, swelling or redness around your big toe joint
Treatment For a Bunion
Treatment for a bunion will vary depending on its severity. Identifying the condition in its early stages is important to avoid surgery, with the main objective of early treatment being to relieve pressure and stop the progression of the deformity. Many times conservative treatments, such as padding, modified footwear or orthotic devices can be highly effective for preventing further growth and reducing the pressure and pain.
We recommend the following for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions:
- Wear comfortable shoes that don't cramp or irritate your toes and avoid high-heeled shoes
- Apply ice to reduce inflammation and pain
- Our podiatrists can show you how to apply padding to your foot to place it in its normal position and reduce stress on the bunion
When early treatments fail or the persistent pain associated with your bunion is interfering with your daily activities, a surgical procedure may be recommended as a last resort to realign the toe joint and alleviate the pressure. We can advise you on the best treatment options available to relieve pressure on the bunion and slow the progression of the joint deformity.
Managing your bunion symptoms doesn’t have to be difficult.
Dealing with a bunion? Don’t worry; you aren’t alone. This foot deformity might not be noticeable at first or cause you any issues, but if it continues to progress then at some point you might find yourself dealing with bunion swelling and pain. Luckily, our Asheville, NC, podiatrist Dr. Daniel Waldman is here to offer up ways to manage your symptoms and prevent them from flaring up.
Surgery isn't always necessary unless you are dealing with a bunion that is so severe that it affects your daily life. Otherwise, there are conservative treatments for bunions:
Our Asheville, NC, foot doctor can help you determine the best types of shoes. Certain shoes can actually make this common foot deformity worse. Here are some rules to follow when it comes to choosing the right shoes,
Do not choose shoes that are too tight. This might seem like an obvious piece of advice but it’s not as obvious as you might think. It’s important to note that a lot of people buy shoes that are a little too tight thinking that there is a “breaking in” period. There is no such thing. If the shoes don’t fit properly the first time you try them then you need to choose a different size or style.
Your toes should also never be bunched up in the shoes you wear. Shoes that have a pointed toe or have a narrow toe bed are more likely to cause symptoms to flare-up since they put pressure on the bunion and also scrunch toes up. Make sure that whatever shoes you are wearing allow your toes the freedom to wiggle and move around.
Shoes should also provide your feet with enough stabilization, cushioning and support. In some instances, you may benefit from getting custom orthotics (shoe inserts) from our podiatrist Dr. Waldman.
If your bunion is severe or isn’t responding to conservative treatment options then it might be time to consider turning to Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville to figure out the next step. Don’t let bunion pain dictate your life. We can help!