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.