Treatment Options for Bunions
Bunions are painful bumps at the base of the big toe that can make walking uncomfortable and even interfere with your daily activities. When it comes to non-surgical treatment of bunions, often the first step is changing your footwear. Shoes with a wider toe box can give your toes more room to breathe and reduce friction. Toe spreaders can also be beneficial by helping to maintain proper toe alignment and preventing further deviation. Finally, your podiatrist can prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs or pain relievers to provide relief. If non-surgical options fail to provide relief and the bunion severely impacts your daily life, bunion surgery is an option to consider. Two common types of bunion surgery are osteotomy and fusion. Osteotomy involves removing a portion of the bone to realign the toes properly. Fusion surgery entails joining the joint at the base of the toe and is typically reserved for more severe cases. Recovery from bunion surgery can take up to eight weeks, while swelling may persist for several months. A podiatrist can provide personalized advice based on the severity of your condition and your individual needs. It is suggested that you make an appointment today.
What Is a Bunion?
Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.
- Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
- Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development
- Redness and inflammation
- Pain and tenderness
- Callus or corns on the bump
- Restricted motion in the big toe
In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Thousand Oaks, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.