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Do you have a bunion? This deformity of the big toe joint can twist the position of the big toe toward, or even over, the second toe. Often plaguing more women than men, bunions cause pain and discomfort, affect the fitting of shoes, and is just plain embarrassing. At Reisinger Farmer Podiatry in Evansville, IN, your experienced podiatrists treat most bunions conservatively. Read below to learn more about what Dr. Charlotte Resinger and Dr. Dusky Farmer can do about your bunion.
How bunions happen
Also called Hallux Abducto Valgus, a bunion presents as a painful, reddened bump at the base of the big toe. This metatarsophalangeal joint bulges outward while causing the big toe to turn inward, both in varying degrees of severity. Harvard Health reports that as a bunion progresses, bursitis and arthritis often develop, along with corns and calluses caused by the friction between the shoe and the foot.
How could a bunion develop on your foot? Many factors play into this common podiatric problem, including:
- Heredity (bunions seem to run in families)
- High-heeled, narrow-toed shoes
- Lax joints
- Flat arches
- Age and gender (advancing years and being a woman are precipitating factors, explains Science Daily)
What you can do
At Reisinger Farmer Podiatry's Evansville office, your podiatrist will examine your bunion, analyze your gait, and take digital X-rays. These steps help the doctor grade the severity of your bunion and to develop a treatment plan to reduce pain and swelling, correct gait problems, and to keep the bunion from worsening.
Frequent components of a bunion treatment plan include:
- Over-the-counter analgesics for pain
- The application of ice on the bunion
- Elevation about heart level
- In-office removal of corns and calluses
- Shoe padding or moleskin to alleviate friction and pressure
- Night time splinting to encourage proper alignment of the big toe joint
- Shoe orthotics, custom-made inserts to correct overpronation, other gait problems, and flat arches
- Losing weight
- Changing to shoes with wider toe boxes, lower heels (no higher than 2-1/2 inches, says the American Podiatric Medical Association)
- Stretching exercises and physical therapy as needed
Bunionectomy (surgical removal of the bunion and subsequent re-aligning of the big toe) is sometimes is necessary in cases of severe and debilitating deformity. However, the doctors prefer a rigorous application of more conservative measures first before ever resorting to surgery.
Find relief for your bunion today!
For more information or to arrange a consultation at our Evansville office, please contact the office at (812) 421-8555.
Do you have a long list of things you'd like to do if only your bunions didn't hurt? Fortunately, you may be able to find relief with a few modifications and a visit to the foot doctor. Your Evansville, IN, podiatrists Dr. Charlotte Reisinger and Dr. Dusky Farmer treat bunion pain and other foot and ankle conditions.
How can I relieve my bunion pain?
If your bunions stop you from doing the things you want to do, try one or more of these strategies and treatments:
- Reevaluate Your Shoe Choices: Do you continue to squeeze your feet into the same shoes you've always worn, despite your bunions? Pressure and friction from tight shoes or high heels increase bunion pain and may even worsen your bunion. When you shop for shoes, choose footwear that offers plenty of room in the toe area.
- Try Toe Exercises: Spend a few minutes every night performing toe exercises. Toe exercises help reduce stiffness and may also help you avoid arthritis or bursitis in the joint.
- Take a Seat: Keeping pain under control can be as simple as staying off your feet. Although you certainly can't sit 24 hours a day, avoiding standing or walking for long periods can help.
- Ask Your Evansville Foot Doctor About Night Splints and Orthotics: Night splints, worn while you sleep, improve the position of the joint at the base of your big toe, which can reduce painful symptoms. Orthotics, custom-made, prescription shoe inserts, realign your feet when you wear shoes. Both devices can improve your comfort level and reduce pain.
- Consider Bunion Surgery: Although surgery isn't always necessary, it may be the best choice if your bunion causes severe pain or interferes with your usual activities. Your podiatrist may recommend this option if other treatments aren't helpful.
Ease your bunion pain with a trip to the foot doctor. Call Evansville, IN, podiatrists Dr. Charlotte Reisinger and Dr. Dusky Farmer at (812) 421-8555 to schedule an appointment.