For many people, a bunion has been an unwelcome companion for a long time. Bunions can be a source of discomfort, pain, and embarrassment, but they are so common and lasting that so many just accept it as part of their life without taking action against it.
Brook Valley Podiatry provides help for patients with bunions, regardless of whether the deformity is just starting to form or been present for years—and surgery is often not the only option.
The main goals of treating a bunion should be:
- Reducing or eliminating any pain and discomfort the bunion is causing.
- Preventing the bunion from becoming worse.
A sensible first step in many cases is to start with home treatments and see if they reduce your pain. Measures might include:
- The use of a non-medicated bunion pad.
- Applying an ice pack or thin towel filled with ice a couple of times daily to reduce swelling.
- Wearing shoes that have deep, wide toe boxes to avoid irritation.
- Avoiding shoes that have high heels (greater than 2 ¼ inches).
If home care doesn’t help, you should receive a professional evaluation from our office.
After taking the time to fully examine your bunion and learn more about the factors surrounding it, we may recommend certain treatments. These may include medication, shoe inserts or custom orthotics, or padding to relieve pressure and pain. Taping your foot into a normal position might help, as could an icing or stretching regimen we prescribe for you.
In some cases, conservative options just don’t have the needed effects and bunion surgery becomes the best option for treatment.
The goal of bunion surgery will generally be to return your toe to a natural position and thereby relieve the discomfort. Various procedures can be performed, including removal of swollen tissue, removing part of the toe bone, realigning the bones to correct the angle, and fusing the affected bones together.
We will discuss all your potential surgical options in depth, including what you can expect from recovery, if this is the course you would like to pursue.
Children Can Get Bunions, Too
Unfortunately, the focus on high-heels and other shoes tends to detract from the hereditary side of bunion development. Although it is not as common as bunions in adults, children can have bunions, too. These are known clinically as “juvenile bunions.”
Treatment for juvenile bunions is largely similar to treatment in adults. The good news is that, being at a younger age, most cases of juvenile bunions are not as developed. The structure of the foot is also often more malleable than an adult’s, responding better to conservative treatments.
The sooner any case of bunions can be treated, the better! So if you see signs of a potential bunion in your child, do not wait and see if it gets worse. Taking action now can go a long way to keeping it from reaching that point in the first place.
Bunion Care in Spring Valley, NY
Brook Valley Podiatry is ready to help you with your bunion problem. Whether we can handle it with conservative care or need to employ a surgical procedure, we will find you the pain relief you need.