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By Foot First Podiatry Center
July 13, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  
BunionsIf you’re dealing with a bunion then you know that this pain is no joke. If you’re dealing with a throbbing, aching pain at the base of your big toe then you could very well be dealing with a bunion. This problem, a common complaint among women, usually develops gradually over many years so many people don’t even realize that they have a bunion until symptoms start to appear. While a bunion will not go away without surgery, the good news is that a podiatrist is usually all you need to manage your symptoms without resorting to surgery. Here are some ways to effectively manage your bunions:
  • 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
Conservative treatment is typically the first course of action when treating a bunion. A patient will go through this home care plan to see if it alleviates their symptoms; however, if symptoms persist or get worse then it’s time to see your podiatrist. Your podiatrist will be able to examine the bunion to determine the severity and to create a treatment plan that will help you manage your pain.

Should I consider bunion surgery?
Most patients won’t require bunion surgery to manage their symptoms; however, if your bunion pain is severe, the deformity is large, or if conservative and nonsurgical care isn’t helping you manage your symptoms then it may be time to talk with your podiatrist about whether or not you should get 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.
By Foot First Podiatry Center
June 19, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

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.

By Foot First Podiatry
November 11, 2019
Category: foot health
Tags: Bunions  
BunionsMany women adore their high-heels, but wearing these high fashion shoes could be hazardous to your health.  Knowing when to choose comfort over fashion, you can potentially reduce the amount of pain your feet will suffer from painful bunions and other foot conditions. 
 
Our office is available to help you prevent the development of a bunion.  When it comes to bunions, let’s take a closer look at some valuable information for bunion prevention.  

Prevention is Key 

When it comes to bunions, it is important to give your feet a break from high-heeled shoes.  If a bunion begins to form, soaking feet in warm water can provide temporary relief in the early stages.  
 
To minimize your chances of developing a bunion, do not force your foot into a shoe that doesn’t fit.  Improper fitting shoes can aggravate bunions and foot pain.  When it comes to your shoes, choose ones that conform to the shape of your foot.  
 
Custom orthotics at your podiatrist’s office are also available to slow the development of the deformity.  Orthotics can also relieve pain in your feet, which makes it important to visit your podiatrist when complications arise. 

What if I Already Have a Bunion? 

According to your podiatrist, if you are a patient with a bunion, it is important to wear shoes that have enough room as to reduce pressure on the deformity.  When a bunion progresses to the point where walking becomes difficult and conservative treatments are not effective, you may need surgery.  
 
A consultation with your podiatrist will be needed to further diagnose and develop a proper treatment plan. Don’t wait for a bunion to form, talk to your podiatrist about steps you can take to protect your feet from a painful bunion bump.
By Foot First Podiatry Center
September 30, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

With the ability to cause nagging discomfort throughout the day and prohibit daily movements as simple as walking, bunions can quickly turn from a barely noticeable bump on your toe, to a painful deformity that detracts from your over wellbeing. Fortunately, if caught early, you can prevent this podiatric issue from developing into a serious problem. Read on to learn if you could be suffering from this condition, and whether you should take a visit to your local podiatrist.

 

Signs That You May Have a Bunion

Generally forming on the side of your big toe, bunions are hard, bony lumps that are often caused by wearing poorly-fitted shoes (especially high heels), having genetic predispositions, or experiencing a foot injury. If you think that you may have a bunion, be on the lookout for these symptoms:

  • A bony protrusion at the base of your toe
  • A generally red discoloration
  • A feeling of tightness in previously comfortable shoes

The above-listed symptoms describe the beginning stages of a bunion, a point during which your podiatrist will likely recommend a conservative approach to treatment. However, you may require more extensive medical care if you begin to notice these signs:

  • Persistent pain and swelling
  • Periodic numbness of the foot
  • Restricted and slowed movement of the toe/foot

 

Treatments

For less serious bunion cases, ones in which there isn’t pain yet and movement is still unrestricted, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Soaking your foot in warm water
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as Aspirin
  • Wearing appropriate shoe inserts
  • Avoiding tight-fitting footwear

In severe bunion cases, your podiatrist will likely recommend a more rigorous treatment approach in order to alleviate pain and increase mobility. Some of these options include:

  • Custom-made orthotics to maintain toe alignment
  • Regular physical therapy and a specialized exercise regiment
  • Bunionectomy, a surgery to remove the bunion and realign the foot (this is only necessary in the most extreme of cases)

 

Concerned? Contact Us

If you feel that bunions are disrupting your life, then take the pro-active approach and schedule an appointment at our office to learn how to regain your health.

By Foot First Podiatry Center
August 28, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

Whether you suspect that you might have a bunion or our New Albany, IN, podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha has just recently told you that you have one you may have questions about this common foot deformity, your treatment options and whether you may require surgery. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding bunions and treatment.

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a hard bump that typically forms at the base of the big toe, causing the large toe to lean toward the other toes. This causes the joint to stick out more and more over time. While a bunion can form on just about any joint of the foot it most commonly forms at the bottom joint of the big toe.

What causes bunions?

There is a lot of misinformation out there about what causes bunions and while we still aren’t fully sure what could cause bunions there are certain factors that could predispose you to develop bunions. These factors include:

  • Congenital foot deformity
  • Genetic
  • Foot injuries

If a member of your immediate family has bunions you are also at an increased risk for developing bunions too. Wearing high heels can make bunions worse, so you’ll want to avoid shoes with a heel that is more than 2-inches tall.

Will a bunion get worse?

A bunion is progressive, which means that it will usually get worse over time. Providing your feet with proper care will go a long way to slowing the progression. How slowly the bunion progresses will vary from person to person.

How are bunions treated?

The first course of action is usually more conservative, unless symptoms are serious. Those dealing with minor pain and discomfort will often find relief with simple treatment options including:

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and pain
  • Applying a bunion pad over the area to prevent a callus
  • Wearing properly fitted shoes that don’t put pressure on the bunion
  • Splinting the foot to align the joint to reduce pain and stiffness
  • Wearing custom orthotics in shoes to provide cushioning for the foot

Will I need surgery?

If symptoms are severe, unresponsive to nonsurgical care and interferes with your daily routine then it may be time to talk about surgical options with our New Albany, IN, dentist. Surgery is usually the last resort when it comes to treating a bunion.

If you are dealing with foot pain or other issues and you believe that you might be dealing with a bunion then call Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN, today to schedule a consultation.