Treating bunion symptoms may actually be easier than you imagined.
If our podiatrist has recently diagnosed you with a bunion you may want to point that finger at your family. After all this deformity (among other foot disorders) is extremely inheritable. So, if your mom has complained about bunions, chances are good that you may be dealing with this issue at some point in your life, too. Whether pain has started to set in or you are finding that bunions are putting a damper on your lifestyle, it’s time to visit our Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights, MI, podiatrists - Dr. Thomas Hosey, Dr. Ryan Murphy and Dr. Kristen Patterson - for some answers.
Can you manage bunion symptoms without surgery?
Absolutely! In fact, surgery isn’t often recommended and is certainly not the first course of action. There are so many simple and less invasive approaches to reduce your bunion pain, swelling and discomfort. Here are just some of the ways to treat your bunion:
The first step is to throw out any shoes that may be putting pressure on the bunion. Besides offering enough cushioning and support, the soles should be wide enough to give your toes room to move around. If toes are bunched together, the shoes are far too tight and could be making your bunion worse.
Consider placing a gel pad over the bunion, particularly before wearing shoes. By applying this additional protective layer over the bunion you can prevent irritation from friction and also reduce your chances of developing a callus.
You can also choose to wear orthotics, or prescription shoe inserts to help redistribute the weight when walking or running. Talk to our Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights foot doctors about whether orthotics are right for you. In some situations, wearing a splint at night to realign the toe and keep it straight can also ease pain.
If your bunion is particularly agitated, you can reduce pain and inflammation with ice packs, soaking your feet in warm water or taking over-the-counter NSAID pain relievers. If bunion pain gets worse or doesn’t seem to be relieved by these measures, we may recommend cortisone injections to reduce inflammation.
When should I consider bunion surgery?
Following these recommendations is all most people will need to keep their bunion symptoms in check. Of course, those with severe bunions that cause persistent pain and affect their quality of life may want to weigh the pros and cons of their surgical treatment options.
Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers in Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights, MI, is here for you. Don’t let bunion pain affect your life. Turn to us right away.