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Bunions are one of the most common foot problems, with close to 25 percent of adults experiencing this condition at some point in their lives. Bunions are created when the big toe pushes into the other toes instead of pointing forward, causing a bump to grow on the outside of the big toe joint. Bunions grow slowly and can go on for years without causing any major complications. Any minor pain and discomfort can often be addressed with the right footwear and other treatments. For more severe cases, surgery may be required at some point.
If you can perform your daily activities without severe foot pain, then the following non-surgical suggestions and treatments for bunions may be sufficient:
- Proper footwear - Choose footwear that has a wider toe box so the bunion doesn’t rub on the inside causing irritation, blistering, and pain. Tight-fitting shoes like high heels should be avoided since they push your toes together.
- Pads and cushioning - These can isolate the bunion and avoid the friction that causes blisters.
- Reduce swelling and pain - Icing the bunion and foot several times a day will help to decrease swelling, and pain medication like ibuprofen should be taken in moderation.
- Rest your feet with less stressful exercises - Remove some of the stress on your feet by switching to exercises such as biking and swimming.
- Custom made orthotic inserts - can help shift some of the pressure off of the bunion.
- Toe splints and braces - These devices are worn at night to pull the big toe into the proper alignment.
Bunion pain and discomfort that persists and prevents you from participating in and enjoying your daily activities may require surgery to straighten out the toe.
If you are experiencing bunion problems, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha 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!
Your heels are the first point of contact with the ground with nearly every step you take and they do an amazing job of absorbing the stress and pressure. The bone that forms your heel is the largest bone in your foot and creates some of the critical structure that is necessary to shape and support the arch.
Muscles and tendons extend on each side of your heel provide movement for your big toe and pinky toe. Your Achilles tendon connects your calf muscle to your heel bone, so there are many situations where injuries may arise with your heels causing debilitating heel pain and discomfort.
3 common sources of heel pain include the following:
- Achilles tendon injury—This is actually the largest tendon in your body and has the demanding job of connecting your heel bone with your calf muscle. The location where it attaches to your heel bone is particularly sensitive to disruption and will often be the sight of pain and discomfort caused by repetitive stress, injury or overuse.
- Plantar fasciitis—One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This condition affects the band of fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot between your heel bone and your toes. When this arch tissue is irritated and inflamed, the pain often shows up in the heel and can be especially noticeable when first getting out of bed after resting.
- Haglund’s deformity—The “pump bump” is often caused by tight fitting shoes. This painful growth appears on the back of the heel and forms partially in response to the excessive pressure and rubbing caused by high heels and other tight shoes.
Treatment for heel pain can be often be accomplished easily with custom-fitted orthotic inserts used to decrease pressure on the heel. For more difficult cases, advanced treatments like laser and shockwave therapy can reduce pain and help improve blood circulation.
If you are experiencing pain in your heel, see your foot care professional for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatristZahid 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!
Many people are tormented by bunions, with almost one fourth of all of those in the U.S. between the ages of 17 and 65 having at least one of them. A bunion is caused by an enlarged big toe joint that often pushes the big toe into the adjacent toes. As the bunion increases in size, the bump will rub against your footwear, causing irritation and swelling. Some people may have a genetic predisposition to developing bunions, but they can also be caused by tight fitting shoes, arthritis and an injury to the foot.
How to treat bunions and keep them from getting worse
Since a bunion is actually a bone deformity, it won’t get better on its own, and will generally become more pronounced and painful over time. Conservative treatments involve easing pressure and pain using padding and custom made orthotic inserts that can help provide stability and repositioning. A splint can be worn at night to pull the toe back into position and realign the joint. Flexibility exercises can improve and maintain mobility and reduce the effects of arthritis on the bunion. If the bunion is causing severe pain, it may be necessary to surgically reduce the bunion and realign the toe joint.
Investing in a good pair of quality shoes that are properly fitted is a good tip for keeping your bunions at bay. Shoes should provide good arch support, flatter heels, and plenty of room in the toe box. Have your feet properly measured each time you buy shoes and make sure there’s a finger width of space between your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
If you are concerned about bunions or other foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry 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!