If you’ve ever looked down at your feet and noticed either a large bumps on the inner edge of the feet or your big toes angling inward toward the smaller toes, you are observing the telltale signs bunions. This is actually a fairly common big toe problem. It is also one we can treat for you at Sunshein Podiatry Associates!
Bunion treatment is important not only for addressing current symptoms and issues, but also for preventing the problem from increasing in severity. There are both conservative and surgical approaches, and your treatment plan will be created taking several factors into consideration. If it is possible, we will take every measure to avoid surgery.
In the event your bunion is causing severe pain or impairing your ability to perform routine activities and surgical correction is the best course of action, you can take comfort in the fact Dr. Kevin Sunshein has performed countless successful procedures for his patients and will be with you every step of the way.
What are Bunions?
If you think you may have a bunion, it’s important to seek treatment from a qualified podiatrist like Dr. Sunshein. Here’s what you need to know about this common foot deformity:
A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe, jutting out to the inside of the foot. This bump is caused by the big toe angling inward, pushing the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint out of position. In addition to the bump, you may also notice redness, swelling, and calluses.
Bunions can cause pain and discomfort, especially during physical activity. This is because the MTP joint is important for pushing off the ground with every step. A bunion can make this process painful.
In some cases, you may develop a similar condition known as a bunionette or “tailor’s bunion,” which forms on the outside edge of your foot at the MTP joint of your little toe.
Dr. Sunshein can help you determine the best course of treatment for your specific condition, which may include changes to your footwear and the use of pads or other devices to relieve pressure on the bunion.
How are Bunions Treated?
Our team often sees patients who are dealing with the discomfort and difficulty walking caused by bunions. While it’s understandable to want to put up with the pain and hope it goes away, we strongly recommend seeking treatment for your bunion. This is because bunions tend to get worse over time if left untreated.
Now, we know the thought of surgery can be intimidating, but in many cases, more conservative treatments can help slow or stop the progression of the bunion. These treatments will not make the bunion disappear but should help ease the pain caused by the bunion.
Conservative Options for Bunions
At Sunshein Podiatry, we understand the discomfort and difficulty walking that bunions can cause. That’s why we offer a range of treatment options to help alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Some of the conservative treatment options:
- Changes to your footwear to allow for more room for your bunion and take pressure off of it to reduce pain.
- Medication to help with the pain.
- Custom orthotics will help with reducing the pressure on the bunion, give your feet the support they need, and reduce irritation.
- Splinting or padding and taping your foot into a natural position to relieve pain and reduce stress on the bunion.
- Applying ice to a bunion after time spent on your feet to reduce inflammation, soreness, and pain.
If these methods aren’t enough to address your symptoms, we may recommend surgery. This can involve removing swollen tissue, realigning your bones, or permanently joining your bones in the affected joint.
The great news is that Dr. Sunshein is an expert in the Lapiplasty Procedure, which can cut down your recovery time significantly! Learn more about this procedure here on our website.
Contact Us Today for Professional Bunion Treatment!
If you have a bunion and are needing relief, we’d be happy to discuss your options and help you determine the best course of treatment.
Don’t let a bunion limit your mobility and quality of life – let Dr. Sunshein and his team work with you to find a solution that you can actually live with.
For more information on this topic, our practice, or to schedule an appointment, call (937) 435-7477. You can also connect with us right now by taking a moment to fill out our online contact form.
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