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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.
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.