Wear Appropriate Footwear
Consider Shoe Inserts
Apply Protective Padding
Practice Pain Management
Do I need surgery for a hammertoe?
If you are dealing with hammertoes or other foot problems, you must have a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular and immediate care.
- Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to help with pain and swelling
- Ice the bunion for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day to also alleviate pain and swelling (conversely, you may choose to soak your bunion in warm water to ease symptoms)
- Consider getting prescription orthotics (shoe inserts) to place within your shoes to take the pressure off the deformed joint and to reduce pain with walking or standing
- Wear a night splint, which will straighten out the big toe while you sleep to reduce morning pain and stiffness
- Only wear shoes that have a wide toe box that doesn’t put pressure on the bunion. Avoid high heels and shoes with pointed toes.
- Perform stretching exercises every day to alleviate stiffness and to improve mobility and range of motion within the feet
- Apply a non-medicated pad over the bunion before putting on shoes to prevent friction and the formation of a callus
Should I consider bunion surgery?
Worried that you might be dealing with a bunion? Experiencing regular bunion pain? If so, a foot and ankle professional can assess the problem and provide you with a customized treatment plan to help you get your bunion pain under control.
- Ingrown toenails
- Chronic heel pain
- A broken foot or ankle
- Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
- Severe pain
- Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
- A visible foot deformity
- Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
- An ulcer or open wound
Treatment Options for Bunions
Though bunions develop slowly, they are easy to recognize because of the bony swelling at the base of the big toe. As is becomes larger, it gradually pushes the big toe inwards so that it may eventually cross the second toe. There are several treatment options for bunions. Dr. Zahid Ladha is a podiatrist at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. he can examine your feet and discuss your treatment options.
What Causes Bunions?
It is believed that the following factor may contribute to their development:
- Genetics: your susceptibility to bunions may be inherited.
- Foot stress: wearing ill-fitting shoes or heels can make bunions worse
How Are Bunions Diagnosed?
Your podiatrist will use a visual exam and X-rays to diagnose a bunion. The X-ray reveals the bone structure of your foot.
Ways to Treat Bunions
If you’re a New Albany resident who suffers from bunions, your treatment options will depend on the size of the bunion and your symptoms. Here are some possible treatments.
- Keep an eye on your feet throughout your life, bunions can take a while to develop.
- Chose shoes that have a wide toe box so that your feet are not compressed.
- Use over the counter anti-inflammatory medication.
- Talk to your podiatrist about custom orthotics or foot inserts.
If your bunions are severe and you are having difficulty wearing shoes or walking, you may want to talk to your podiatrist about having surgery.
If you live in New Albany and you suffer from bunions, contact Dr. Ladha today on 812-945-9221 to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to discuss your treatment options.
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