Posts for: March, 2018
Characterized by a large, unsightly bump on the side of the big toe joint, bunions signal an underlying deformity in the structure of the foot. Left untreated, bunions may become progressively worse, causing severe discomfort, difficulty walking, redness and swelling.
Treatment options vary with the severity of each bunion. Identifying the deformity early in its development is important in avoiding surgery. Common conservative treatments include rest, ice, padding, orthotics and footwear modifications. Many times a combination of these simple lifestyle changes and non-surgical approaches are enough to relieve the pain and stop the progression of the bunion, although these treatments won’t reverse the actual deformity.
When non-surgical treatments fail to relieve your pain, or your bunion is interfering with normal, daily activities, our office may recommend a bunionectomy, which involves the surgical removal of a bunion to reduce pressure and repair the joint. There are a variety of surgical procedures available to treat bunions. The goal of surgery is to correct the deformity by realigning the toe. This is accomplished by removing the bony bump and restoring normal, pain-free function.
When Should I Consider Bunion Surgery?
- Nonsurgical, conservative treatment has failed to relieve your bunion pain
- Walking or performing normal, everyday tasks is difficult and painful
- The simple act of wearing shoes causes pain
- Your big toe joint is constantly swollen
Your age and health may also determine your candidacy for bunion surgery. Your podiatrist will work with you to determine the best treatment for your individual needs. With the surgical removal of bunions, we can relieve your pain and help you return to the activities you enjoy!
A bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions can be extremely painful. Because bunions are progressive, they do not go away, and will usually get worse over time. Podiatrists are specialists who provide diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, including bunions. Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers, in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens, MI, offers treatments for bunions. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about bunions.
Bunions are often described as a bump on the side of the largest toe of the foot. It can be mild, moderate, or severe. The largest toe may turn toward the smaller toe. A prominence of the bone at the base of the baby toe is called a tailor's bunion or bunionette. The baby toe also bends inward, and the joint enlarges or swells. Bunions can last for years or be lifelong. Many patients don't seek treatment and suffer unnecessarily with the pain of bunions for years.
Bunions are often caused by wearing shoes that are too tight across the toes. Bunions occur mostly in women, as they are more likely to wear tight shoes. Some diseases, such as arthritis can cause bunions. A tendency to get bunions can also run in families. Certain foot types make people prone to developing bunions. This deformity is often caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot.
Bunions often cause swelling and pain around the joint at the base of the big toe. The skin may become warm or red. Symptoms, which occur at the site of the bunion may also include a burning sensation or numbness. Other conditions which may appear with a bunion include sores between the toes or calluses on the big toe. In some cases, bunions do not produce symptoms—other than making the foot harder to fit in a shoe.
To evaluate your condition, your foot doctor may take x-rays to determine the degree of the deformity and assess the changes that have occurred. An evaluation and x-ray examination can determine if your bunion deformity is advancing. Once your foot doctor has evaluated your condition, a treatment plan that is suited to your needs can be developed.
Treatment in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens
To treat your bunion, your podiatrist may recommend a medication to reduce pain and swelling. Your podiatrist may pad your bunion and tape your foot to keep it in a normal position. In some cases, orthotics may be provided by the podiatrist. Padding and taping the bunion can ease your pain and prevent your bunion from getting worse. In some cases, surgery is considered.
Don't let a bunion knock you off your feet. Call Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers at 586-263-4411 today to schedule an appointment in Clinton Township, MI. Call 586-275-3000 to schedule an appointment in Sterling Heights, MI. Call 586-468-5445 to schedule an appointment in Mount Clemens, MI. We can help you get rid of that bunion once and for all!
An unexpected fall or twist can result in an injury of the foot or ankle, such as a sprain or strain. Immediate first aid can help prevent complications, reduce pain and improve recovery.
Rest, ice, compression and elevation--commonly referred to as R.I.C.E.--is the first and best treatment for minor injuries. The following tips can aid in the early treatment of common foot and ankle injuries to help reduce swelling and control the inflammatory process during the initial phase of injury.
Rest: Whether you have a strain or a sprain, rest from any physical activity is essential to protecting your injured ligaments, tendons or muscles from further damage while your body starts the repair process. Avoid putting weight on the injured foot or ankle as much as possible. In some cases, complete immobilization may be required.
Ice: Gently ice your foot or ankle with ice wrapped in a towel in a 20-minute-on, 40-minute-off cycle for the first few days post-injury. Ice is excellent at reducing inflammation and pain.
Compression: Applying some type of compressive wrap or bandage to an injured area can greatly reduce the amount of initial swelling.
Elevation: Prop your foot up while lying down or sitting so that it is higher than or equal to the level of the heart.
After a few days of R.I.C.E., many acute injuries will begin to heal. If pain or swelling does not subside after a few days, or if you are unsure of the severity of your injury, make an appointment with your podiatrist. A skilled podiatrist can properly diagnose your injury and recommend the best course of treatment.