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Bunions, when left untreated, will most likely continue to grow and get worse, further causing you pain and interfering with your ability to enjoy life. As soon as you notice that a bunion is beginning to develop on your foot, you should see a podiatrist. Treating bunions in Asheville, NC is a common condition that Dr. Daniel Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers sees.
What is a bunion?
A bunion, known medically as hallux valgus, is a bony protrusion that is located on the inside of your foot, at the junction where the big toe meets the rest of the foot. They range in severity from a mild nuisance to a condition that causes you severe pain. Sometimes, with the late-stage progression of a bunion, your big toe may be displaced and lay on top of your second toe. This is due to abnormal growth of the toe joint causing a mechanical disruption to the structure of the big toe joint. This is known as crossover toe.
Bunions are generally easy to diagnose due to the physical abnormality of the foot. But, a proper diagnosis from a podiatrist is vital. This may involve the order of x-rays, MRIs, or other imaging techniques to make sure that all bones and soft tissues have not been compromised.
What can happen if a bunion is left untreated?
Addressing bunions ASAP is critical. If you don't, it will continue to grow and get bigger. You want to stop it in its tracks, and prevent it from worsening. Often, people wait to seek treatment for a bunion until the only option for treatment is corrective surgery. But there are a few things that you can do in an attempt to not allow your bunion to progress to this point. The goal is to reduce pressure on the toe joint.
Friction on the bone will stimulate it, leading to continued growth. Some measures that you can take that Dr. Waldman recommends for the management of bunions in Asheville, NC are:
- Wearing proper-fitting shoes. Avoid high heels and pointy-toed shoes which put excessive pressure on the toes
- Shoes should be roomy in the front, allowing ample space for your toes.
- Getting custom orthotics for your shoes
- Shop for new shoes in the evening and have your feet measured each time you go shoe shopping. Your feet will swell and be a slightly larger size in the evening, so any shoe that you buy needs to comfortably accommodate this. Also, as we age, our arches tend to fall and our feet become flatter. So, you may need to go up in the size of shoe that you have been wearing all your life.
Seek consultation with our podiatrist, Dr. Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers regarding guidance on the best path forward for treating bunions in Asheville, NC by calling (828) 254-5371. You can also visit his website at https://www.blueridgefoot.com. Dr. Waldman is board-certified and also teaches surgery nationally and internationally, including the latest developments in the minimal incision.
Is that lump on your foot a bunion?
Has your parent been complaining about their bunion? If so, this may be enough for you to start taking a closer look at your own feet. After all, bunions are genetic. If you have a family member with bunions, chances are good that you could develop them too over the years. From the office of our Asheville, NC, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Daniel Waldman, here’s how to tell that you have a bunion.
You have a bony bump at the base of your big toe
This is the most obvious sign of a bunion. While a bunion can occur in any toe joint, it most often impacts the large joint at the base of the big toe. The bump will be small and unnoticeable at first but will continue to get larger if not properly managed.
You notice a callus
Since the bump sticks out, it’s more likely to rub against your shoes and lead to corn or callus. If you notice that there is a callus or hardened skin on the bump this is another sign that you have a bunion.
Your big toe leans inward
If you don’t take care of your feet and you ignore the stages of your bunion, it will continue to progress until you notice more severe changes to the overall structure of your feet. One of the first signs, apart from a bony protrusion, is that the big toe will start to lean inward on the smaller toes. In more severe cases, the big toe may even cross over the other toes.
If you notice a bony bump at the base of your big toe, this is usually how a bunion begins and it’s a good idea to turn to our Asheville, NC, podiatrist to find out how to prevent the bunion from getting worse. It’s much easier to manage a bunion during the earlier stages. Common ways to slow the progression of a bunion include:
- Wearing properly fitted and supportive footwear
- Wearing prescription orthotics in your shoes for added support and cushioning
- Applying a protective bandage over the bunion to prevent friction and the development of a callus
- Avoiding high heels and shoes with a pointed toe
- Ice therapy or warm soaks
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications to ease pain and swelling
When is surgery necessary?
In most cases, bunion surgery isn’t recommended unless a patient is dealing with significant pain or a large bunion that impacts their daily routine and isn’t properly managed with nonsurgical treatment options. If you’re at this stage, it may be time to talk with our board-certified podiatrist about bunion surgery.
Here at our Asheville, NC, practice, we offer the latest and least invasive surgeries to correct deformities and other foot and ankle problems. Dr. Waldman is a surgical expert, teaching surgery nationally and internationally to other podiatrists. You know you have an expert on your side who will provide you with the best bunion treatment possible when you turn to Blue Ridge Foot Centers.
To contact our office or to schedule an appointment with our team, call us at 828-254-5371 or learn more about our services online.
Your podiatrist in Asheville, NC, can help with bunion pain.
Bunions can keep you from enjoying life, making even the most simple tasks, like putting on shoes, difficult or impossible. Bunion treatment has been around for a while, but now there is an exciting new way to treat bunions and get you back on your feet. It’s called Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction.
Dr. Daniel Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, offers comprehensive foot care services, including innovative bunion surgery with Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction. Dr. Waldman is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Pediatric Surgeons. He teaches the latest procedures in foot surgery including minimal incision technique.
The more traditional ways of treating bunions include:
- Wearing custom-fit orthotics or footwear
- Shaving calluses and corns to relieve friction
- Surgical treatment, known as a bunionectomy
Now, there is a new, more effective way to treat bunions, known as Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction. It works because unlike traditional methods, lapiplasty eliminates bunions by working in three dimensions, correcting the underlying joint misalignment and instability.
Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction works because it uses instruments specifically designed to move the entire bone back into its normal position, which straightens the toe and removes the bump. The unstable joint is secured with two small titanium plates, to keep your toe and foot in alignment and prevent the bunion from recurring. The technology works so well that patients are able to get back on their feet only days after surgery.
Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction has many advantages over traditional surgery. Consider that Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction:
- Doesn’t require casting
- Is weight-bearing within days
- Allows you to walk in a surgical boot within 6 weeks, which is 6 to 8 weeks sooner than traditional bunion surgery
To find out more about bunion treatment using 3D Bunion Correction and other foot and ankle services, call Dr. Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, at (828) 254-5371, or visit his website by clicking here. Call or visit the site today!
If you are suffering with bunions, there are treatments that can help. Throughout the day, bunions can rub against the inside of your shoes and become inflamed, causing pain and discomfort. The good news is you do not have to endure bunion pain or discomfort. A podiatrist can recommend the right bunion treatment for you. At Blue Ridge Foot Centers, Dr. Daniel Waldman is your podiatrist for the treatment of bunions in Asheville, NC.
How Bunions Develop
Bunions are likely to develop when the joint connecting the big toe to the base of the foot slips out of place. When the joint is out of place it causes the big toe to shift toward the other toes, pushing the bone near the toe joint outward. The protruding bone on the side of the foot forms a bunion. The inflammation and irritation caused by the friction from bunions rubbing against the inside of the shoes often leads to discomfort and pain.
Several options exist for the treatment of bunions. Some treatments alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by bunions, while other treatments correct the positioning of the toe joint. In Asheville, bunion treatment is available at Blue Ridge Foot Centers where Dr. Waldman can recommend an optimal treatment approach for you. Available bunion treatments include:
- Wearing protective padding to cushion the foot and reduce friction
- Performing foot exercises to improve joint functioning
- Wearing orthotic shoe inserts to stabilize the toe joint
- Wearing a splint at night to realign the toe joint
- Removal of corns and calluses on the foot
- Surgical removal of bunions
Wearing shoes that fit properly and have plenty of room so the toes and feet are not squished can also help by minimizing the friction and rubbing that causes inflammation and irritation. Bunions do not go away on their own so it is important to seek treatment from a medical professional, such as a podiatrist.
You do not have to continue struggling with the pain and discomfort of bunions. Many treatment options are available and a podiatrist can help determine which bunion treatment is right for you. To the treatment of bunions in Asheville, schedule an appointment with Dr. Waldman, a board-certified podiatrist who is an expert in the latest minimal incision techniques and teaches surgery nationally and internationally, by calling Blue Ridge Foot Centers at (828) 254-5371 and visiting our website at blueridgefoot.com. Dr. Waldman is board-certified and also teaches other foot surgeons from around the world on the latest minimal incision surgery techniques at medical conferences.
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/.