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Many people can easily manage their bunion symptoms and slow the progression of this common foot deformity through simple lifestyle changes. There are several approaches you can take to reduce bunion pain including,
- Maintain a healthy weight or lose excess weight, which can take pressure off the feet
- Wear shoes that don’t put pressure on the bunion, that provide ample support, and that have lots of room for your toes
- Look for shoes that have a low heel (high heels can make bunions worse)
- Apply a gel or protective pad to the bunion before putting on shoes
- Talk to your podiatrist about the benefits of custom orthotics (aka shoe inserts) and how they could take pressure off the bunion when standing or in motion
- Take pain relievers, whether over-the-counter or prescribed by your doctor
- Warm or cold therapy such as warm soaks or applying ice can also improve swelling, inflammation, and pain (some people prefer the heat to the cold and vice versa; it’s a matter of preference. Try both and see what works best for you!)
- Talk with your podiatrist to see if a night splint could ease morning stiffness and pain
Of course, there are certain scenarios in which a podiatrist may recommend getting surgery to correct the bunion. Here’s when you may want to consider getting surgery,
- You are in significant and chronic pain
- Your bunion is severely enlarged, and the big toe is crossing over the other toes
- Your activities are limited due to your bunion
- Your bunion pain persists for more than a year
- Nonsurgical methods aren’t completely controlling your bunion pain
- You are developing other foot problems such as bursitis or hammertoes due to your bunion
Having dead and hardened skin on your feet can be uncomfortable and unsightly and can also make it difficult to walk around in footwear without pain from the calluses rubbing on your shoes.
You can treat small calluses with a pumice stone or file and apply moisturizer to soften the skin, but properly removing the dead skin of large calluses can be hard to manage without cutting into your living skin and causing bleeding. For this reason, you should have your foot doctor remove cracked and hardened skin to help avoid injury and infection.
Ways to treat calluses on your feet include:
- Using custom orthotic inserts to redirect stress and pressure—Custom made orthotic inserts are created to mold to your precise foot shape. They can be used to treat many foot conditions and when properly placed they will direct pressure away from calluses.
- Shaving and debriding the dry and damaged skin—Your podiatrist is best qualified to do this procedure using a special debriding tool to remove dead skin while causing a minimum of bleeding.
- Peeling with strong acid solution in combination with debriding—Maximum strength salicylic acid solution is applied to soften the skin and make it easier to remove with some of the other methods.
- Surgery may be needed in severe cases—In cases where a concurrent abnormality like a bunion or hammertoe is contributing to callus formation, your foot doctor may need to perform a surgical procedure to fix the underlying condition.
If you need help treating calluses on your feet, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will lead you to the best solution. 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!
The toe condition known as the bunion (or bunionette as it is named when it appears on the pinky toe) begins as a small bony bump on the side or top of your big toe joint (or on the pinky toe for bunionettes). Bunions are usually not that painful in the initial stages which is why so many people ignore them until the pain and discomfort start to become more annoying.
Bunions tend to increase in size and severity rather slowly, but as a bunion grows and worsens, it can cause a wide variety of other toe and skin conditions which is a good reason to have them treated early.
Some of the conditions that can be exacerbated by bunions include the following:
- Blisters, redness, and swelling—Due to all the rubbing of the big toe against the inside of your footwear, severe irritation and blistering often occur.
- Toe deformities—People who have bunions increase the chances of developing a hammertoe on the second or third toe. Mallet and claw toes are also more common.
- Corns and calluses—Corns can form on or next to the bunion. Painful, oozing corns can also develop on the top of hammertoes.
- Ingrown toenails—As the big toe pushes against your footwear and other toes, it can cause the toenail to cut into the tender skin at the edge of the nail.
- Fungal toenails—A fungal toenail infection is also more likely to occur.
The earlier you get help with bunions from your foot doctor, the less problematic your bunions will eventually become. 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!
Have bunions? A bunion is an enlargement of bone that forms at the base of the big toe. The main symptoms of a bunion are a bone deformity, inflammation, and pain. Various types of treatments are available to treat bunions, but the best treatment option for bunions is one that is performed by a professional. Dr. Zahid Ladha at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN, offers treatments for bunions. Read on to find out how a podiatrist can help with bunions.
Padding & Taping. Bunion treatment often starts with padding and taping. Padding the bunions will ease your pain and allow you to continue an active life. Taping the bunions will keep your feet in a normal position, thus reducing pressure and pain. Padding and taping also prevents bunions from getting worse.
Bunion Splint. Wearing a bunion splint at night has been shown to be helpful when treating bunions. A bunion splint will hold your toe straight while you sleep. Splints help to correct the alignment, relieve pressure, and diminish pain. Bunion splints are a safe alternative to surgery.
Custom Orthotics. Your podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics (shoe inserts) to help position your foot correctly as it strikes the ground. Custom orthotics can prevent progression of bunions and alleviate pain. You can get custom-made orthotics from your New Albany, IN, podiatrist.
Steroid Injections- Steroid injections can ease your pain temporarily by decreasing inflammation. The injections usually comprise a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication. They're most commonly injected into joints such as your elbow, hip, shoulder, wrist, and spine. You can receive a steroid shot at your podiatrist's office.
Bunion Surgery- If your bunion isn't painful, you do not need surgical treatment. If other treatments do not relieve your pain, Dr. Ladha may recommend surgery to remove your bunion. Bunion surgery will correct the deformity, alleviate your pain, and improve your foot function. Bunion surgery is usually performed in a surgery center or hospital under local or general anesthesia.
If you want to feel better and live well, call Foot First Podiatry at (812) 945-9221 today to schedule an appointment in New Albany, IN.
We will help you get rid of those bunions once and for all. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at Foot First Podiatry!
Although foot warts—also known as plantar warts or verrucas—are usually harmless, they’re unsightly, painful, uninvited guests on your feet. They tend to be hard and flat with a rough gray or brown surface, and they can spread in clusters if left untreated.
Plantar warts are caused by an infection from the HPV virus on the soles of your feet. Because the virus thrives in warm, moist environments, it is often contracted from barefoot walking around locker rooms, public bathrooms, and swimming pools.
While anyone can contract the virus, verrucas most commonly affect:
- People with weak immune systems
- People who have previously contracted foot warts
- People who walk barefoot in public spaces
- Children and teens
In order to prevent the spread of warts, be sure to:
- Keep your feet clean and dry (warts thrive on moisture).
- Change your shoes and socks on a daily basis (to prevent the accumulation of sweat and bacteria).
- Avoid barefoot walking in public spaces (where warts are most commonly contracted).
Because children and teens are especially vulnerable to plantar warts, you should be sure to check their feet throughout the day when you visit the community pool.
Warts can be very resistant to treatment and have a tendency to reoccur in the same spots on your feet. Because they often destroy surrounding healthy foot tissue, podiatrists typically do not recommend over the counter treatments.
The Foot First Podiatry in New Albany offers cryotherapy, an amazingly quick and effective treatment for warts. Cryotherapy involves the use of a cold substance to essentially freeze off the wart and typically takes less than a minute.
For plantar wart treatments and more helpful information on foot care—including burning feet, bunion prevention, and corns and calluses—schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany. 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!