Find out different ways to effectively manage your bunion symptoms.
Has one of our podiatrists informed you that the foot pain you are experiencing is due to a bunion? A bunion is a common foot deformity that often affects the joint at the base of the big toe, causing it to stick out. You may have noticed that certain shoes just don’t fit like they used to, rubbing against or putting pressure on this area of the foot. This is how many people realize that they have a bunion.
Of course, our goal is to provide you care that will treat your foot and ankle symptoms. While bunion surgery is the only way to actually correct the deformity, it is rarely necessary unless the bunion is severe or is affecting your ability to walk.
In most cases, patients are able to prevent their bunions from getting worse by following these simple non-surgical treatment options.
*Wearing the Appropriate Footwear
If you wear shoes that are too tight or bunch up your toes then you are going to be in for a really tough and painful time. It’s important that you only wear shoes that will provide your feet with enough support and stability without putting pressure on the bunion. Avoid high heels or shoes with a pointed toe. If you are in need of a pair of shoes that will aid in supporting your feet, our physicians can recommend the best footwear for those suffering with bunions.
*Consider Custom Orthotics
Getting fitted for shoes is important if you have bunions; however, you may still feel like your feet need a little added protection. In this case, our foot specialists can create prescription orthotics, or shoe inserts that are crafted based on the specific structure of your foot and any specific issues you are dealing with (e.g. high arches; flat feet; overpronation). Custom orthotics can provide your feet with more support, stability, cushioning, and shock absorption while standing or moving around.
*Splinting the Toe
While splinting won’t actually be able to correct the deformity permanently it will realign the foot and place the big toe back in the proper position to help take pressure off of the bunion and the surrounding area. This, in turn, can reduce pain and swelling. Splinting may also slow the progression of your bunion and can also be worn while you sleep.
*Other treatment options include:
- Over-the-counter painkillers
- Stretching and strengthening foot exercises
- Cortisone injections (for severe pain and swelling)
- Avoiding activities that exacerbate bunion symptoms
Of course, if your bunion is causing serious and constant pain then it’s a good idea to schedule a consultation with us to find out if your best treatment option may be surgery. Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists has offices in New Albany, IN, as well as Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bardstown, and Bowling Green, KY, to serve you better.
Are you suffering from an ingrown toenail?
Ingrown toenails can cause irritation, severe pain, swelling and infection. The podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists in Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bradstown and Bowling Green, KY, and New Albany, IN, can help you!
More on Ingrown Toenails in Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bradstown and Bowling Green, KY, and New Albany, IN
Ingrown toenails are when your toenails perforate the skin corners, or sides, of your feet. They may be hard, swollen, and tender in the beginning, eventually causing an infection, if not taken care of immediately. If you do have an ingrown nail, your toe may become sore. You'll notice your toe turning red, which means an infection is underway.
There are several things that may lead to ingrown toenails, such as:
- Improper toenail trimming
- Heredity, poor foot structure
- Repeated trauma and/or injury to your feet when you play sports
- Foot issues, like fungal infections
- Wearing inappropriate shoes, too tight, or too much pressure on feet
Treating with Ingrown Nails
Treating ingrown toenails can be a simple fix. Try wearing shoes that give your toes more space to move and avoid socks. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection, but soaking the foot in warm, soapy water several times a day and keeping your feet clean may resolve the issue.
If your podiatrist prescribes medication, follow their instructions orders for optimal results.
Surgery may be necessary if you are suffering from an acute infection.
You should maintain a basic foot care regimen. Don't ignore foot pain. It's how your body indicates something is wrong. Trim toenails straight across, wear properly fitted shoes and avoid walking barefoot.
If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, make sure to contact one of your podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists, with offices in Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bradstown and Bowling Green, KY, and New Albany, IN.
What your podiatrists in Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bowling Green, and New Albany want you to know
If you are suffering a sharp, stabbing pain in the heel of your foot, you may have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is caused when the thick band of tissue which runs across your heel becomes inflamed. This thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, can become inflamed from a number of different causes.
The good news is there are effective ways to treat plantar fasciitis. The podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists want to share the facts about the causes and treatment of plantar fasciitis. They have several convenient office locations in Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Bowling Green, KY, and New Albany, IN, to help you and your feet feel better.
You may experience the pain of plantar fasciitis because you are overpronating, or rolling your foot when you walk. Plantar fasciitis can also be caused by walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time.
Your risk of experiencing plantar fasciitis increases if you are overweight, middle-aged, have flat feet, or wear unsupportive footwear. Doing high-impact sports like running or jogging can also increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis.
So, how do you know if you have plantar fasciitis? You will notice a stabbing or aching pain in your heel or on the side of your foot. The pain may increase after you wake up, exercise, or get up after being seated.
If you begin experiencing one or more symptoms of plantar fasciitis, you can try:
- Doing arch stretches several times each day
- Taking Tylenol, ibuprofen, or other anti-inflammatory medications
- Replacing your shoes with more supportive, cushioned footwear
For severe plantar fasciitis symptoms that don’t resolve, it’s best to visit your podiatrist. Your doctors at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists may recommend effective treatments like these:
- Physical therapy exercises and stretching
- Custom-made orthotics or footwear
- Prescription anti-inflammatory medications
- Corticosteroid injections around your heel
You don’t have to suffer from plantar fasciitis when help is just a phone call away. Just pick up your phone and call the podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists, with offices in Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Bowling Green, KY, and New Albany, IN. Get relief by calling today!
Would you like to relieve your bunion pain? The podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists in New Albany, IN, and Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Bowling Green, KY, know strategies and treatments that may be helpful if you have bunions.
Hitting the couch
Staying off your feet is the best way to avoid bunion pain; however, it's not a very practical option. Work, school, or family obligations may make it difficult to avoid walking, plus turning into a couch potato isn't good for your health. Although staying off your feet isn't a long-term pain relief option, limiting walking or standing can help decrease your pain until you make a trip to the foot doctor.
Cushions and pads
Adhesive cushions and pads, readily available at stores can reduce friction and pressure if you've developed corns or calluses on the bottom of your foot or the top of your second toe due to your bunion.
Options offered by your podiatrist
When rest and cushion and pads aren't effective in controlling your pain, we can offer several treatment options, including:
- Splinting and taping: We'll teach you how to tape or splint your foot. Taping and splinting during the night aligns your joint while you sleep and may slow the progression of your condition.
- Exercises: Toe exercises can relieve stiffness and make walking more comfortable.
- Cortisone Injections: When pain is severe or affects your ability to complete everyday tasks, a cortisone injection may help. The injections decrease both pain and inflammation.
- Orthotics: Sometimes improving your comfort is as simple as inserting a pair of orthotics in your shoes. Orthotics are designed for you in our office and hold your foot in the optimum position, reducing movement and pain.
- Surgery: Surgery is the only way to correct the deformity in your big toe joint and permanently relieve your pain.
Don't let bunion pain take over your life. Schedule an appointment with the podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists by calling (502) 968-2233 for Outer Loop Louisville, KY, office; (502) 805-3338 for the Dixie Highway Louisville office; (270) 737-3338 for the Elizabethtown office; (270) 796-6160 for the Bowling Green office; or (812) 725-7542 for the Albany, IN, office.
Could your heel pain be due to plantar fasciitis? Find out now from your podiatrist!
Are you currently dealing with heel pain? If your podiatrist has told you that you are suffering from plantar fasciitis isn’t it time you found out more about this condition and what you can do to eliminate your symptoms?
Q. What is plantar fasciitis?
A. This foot problem is one of the most common causes of heel pain and occurs when the thick band of tissue, known as the plantar fascia, become inflamed. The plantar fascia connects the heel bone to your toes and also provides support for the arches of your feet.
Q. What causes this inflammatory condition?
A. While you may not know exactly what’s caused your plantar fasciitis, your foot doctor may be able to pinpoint the direct cause. Plantar fasciitis usually appears when someone has changed their physical activity. So, instead of running five miles you may decide you suddenly want to run 10 miles. Or perhaps you’re used to a low-impact elliptical but decided to change up your routine and start running on the beach. Any sudden and drastic change either to the duration or intensity of your physical routine can sometimes lead to plantar fasciitis.
Q. What are the symptoms?
A. The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain. The pain is persistent but may wax and wane throughout the day. You may notice the most severe pain happening in the morning when you first start moving around. Over time the pain may lessen, but become exacerbated when standing for long periods of time or getting up after sitting for a while.
Besides pain, those with plantar fasciitis may also notice swelling, stiffness and limited range-of-motion and mobility due to the discomfort.
Q. How is plantar fasciitis treated?
A. You’ll be happy to hear that this condition usually goes away on its own with time. Of course, there are certain things you can do to help provide some much-needed relief. Here are some of the best ways to handle your plantar fasciitis:
- Rest: Try to stay off your feet as much as possible. Avoid high-impact activities and if you really need to workout, then you’ll want to change your routine to only include low-impact exercises.
- Wear the proper shoes: It’s also believed that some people develop plantar fasciitis because the shoes they were wearing didn’t provide the proper support and stability needed. Remember that your workout shoes need to be replaced about at least once a year.
- Stretching and strengthening exercises: There are some exercises you can incorporate into your daily routine to help provide some relief from your plantar fasciitis symptoms. Talk to your podiatrist about which exercises can help reduce your pain and improve mobility.
- Orthotics: Sometimes your foot doctor can prescribe orthotics to provide additional shoe support and stability to eliminate your plantar fasciitis. We would be happy to help you determine which kind of orthotics is right for you.
Your podiatrist is always here to provide the care and treatment you need to get back on your feet again and pain-free. Turn to us for all of your foot-care needs.
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