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Prevention is Key
What if I Already Have a Bunion?
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
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)
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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.
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
- 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.
A bunion is a deformity of the big toe that occurs when force and pressure from wearing shoes push the big toe into the other toes. A similar condition called a bunionette affects the little toe. It is thought that shoes are a significant factor in bunion formation because, in the few remaining cultures where shoes are not worn, bunions do not occur.
If you have poorly treated flat feet, you are more susceptible to developing toe deformities like bunions and hammertoes. When your arches are not properly supporting the tendons in your toes, they do not properly function and imbalances can occur causing these problems. Wearing shoes like high heels that force the toes together is also a contributing factor in bunion formation.
Some excellent methods for treating painful bunions include the following:
- Wear properly fitted shoes with custom orthotic devices—Wear shoes with a wide toe box to help prevent the bunion from rubbing on your shoes and from preventing blisters and corns from developing. Orthotic inserts can help straighten the toe and redirect pressure.
- Insulating pads—Pads can be applied to decrease rubbing and reduce swelling and redness.
- Strength and flexibility exercises—Picking up marbles with your toes is an excellent exercise for increasing flexibility and strength.
- Reduce inflammation—Medications like ibuprofen and Tylenol along with icing are great for reducing swelling and pain.
When bunion pain persists after trying these methods, surgery may be required to shave the bunion bump and straighten the toe.
If you are experiencing painful bunions, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution for your particular situation. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Metatarsal syndrome is a common ailment that causes the ball of the foot to become swollen and painful. Since the ball of your foot absorbs much of the stress and pressure when you are walking and playing sports, injury to the metatarsal bones, tendons, and tissues of the three middle toes can be very debilitating and requires proper treatment from your foot doctor.
Swelling in the ball of the foot can be caused by the following:
- Improper shoes. Shoes like high heels that scrunch your toes together can be a source of pain in the metatarsal area.
- Being too heavy. Carrying excess pounds puts additional stress on the ball of the foot.
- Foot neuroma. Characterized by fibrous tissue that most grows between the third and fourth metatarsal bones, causing pain and discomfort in the ball of the foot.
- Stress (or hairline) fractures in the toe bones may contribute to symptoms.
- Heredity. Some inherited foot shapes, such as having a high arch, or a second toe that is longer than the big toe can shift weight onto the ball of the foot.
- Training and playing hard. Playing high impact sports such as tennis and basketball can cause injury to the ball of the foot and metatarsal bones.
- Radiating issues from other foot problems like hammertoes and bunions often adversely affect the metatarsals and can cause pain in the ball of the foot.
- Arthritis can also contribute to pain in the ball of the foot.
If you are experiencing pain and swelling in the ball of your foot, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist, Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M., is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!