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Bunion Treatment Options

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Bunion Treatment |

Bunions are deformities of the MTP (metatarsophalangeal) joint, which lies at the base of your big toe. This condition can severely affect your foot from functioning properly, as well as cause discomfort and damage your other toes. If you have a bunion, you need to get a professional diagnosis and receive treatment from a Largo podiatrist. Diagnosing Bunions It can be obvious that you have a bunion from the pain and the odd shape of your big toe. However, you still should get a professional diagnosis. X-Rays—In most cases, a podiatrist will x-ray your foot to evaluate the severity of the condition. Blood Tests—These are done to determine if a particular form of arthritis is the cause of the pain. Nonsurgical Treatments Fortunately, most bunions can be treated at home, without needing surgery. The goal of any bunion treatment is to alleviate toe pain, as well as stop the bunion from growing worse. OTC (over-the-counter) pain medications, as well as medicines designed to relieve inflammation, can help relieve symptoms Warm foot baths and heating pads can be effective in easing discomfort Ice packs are another way to treat bunions. They should be applied to your toe joints for 10- to 20-minute intervals. Splints, bunion pads and shoe inserts are also used in treating symptoms. Wearing “roomy” shoes that have deep and wide toe boxes (the area surrounding the toes) can help. Don’t wear narrow, tight shoes or high heels that place pressure on our big toe joint. Prescription shoes, which are made with specially designed insoles that help relieve pressure from affected joints, is another treatment. These shoes also are effective in helping the foot become restored to its correct shape. Bunion Surgery Sometimes surgery is necessary when severe symptoms are involved. This type of surgery, known as a bunionectomy, is done to realign the bone located behind the big toe. To do this, a podiatrist cuts the ligaments at the joint. In severe cases, an osteotomy may be needed in which the bone is cut. This surgery involves using screws and wires to secure the bones. It also entails shaving or removing the excess bone. Warnings As with most surgeries, there’s always the chance of side effects. Complications may occur, such as bunion recurrence, limited toe motion and pain. Bunions generally develop by your feet being continually squeezed into pointed-toe and narrow footwear. Ignoring bunions only intensifies the condition. Don’t hesitate to contact our Largo foot clinic today if you have...

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A Look At 4 Modern Day Bunion Treatments

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Bunion Treatment |

Bunions are one of the many things that can go wrong with our feet. They are most often caused by a handful of things. Among them are arthritis and wearing ill-fitting shoes. The good news is that our Largo podiatrists offer patients access to bunion treatments that may provide relief. With that said, here is a rundown on four common bunion treatments: Bunion Treatment #1: Shoe Inserts/Orthotics Custom shoe inserts and orthotic devices are just two bunion treatments that a podiatrist may recommend. In the majority of those instances, the patient attends a scheduled fitting first. Once all of the necessary measurements are taken, the inserts or orthotics are created to those exact specifications. Afterward, the patient returns to the podiatrist’s office for a final fitting. If no further adjustments are needed, the patient is able to leave the office with the shoe inserts or orthotics in hand. Bunion Treatment #2: Taping/Padding In some situations, our podiatrists may recommend that the patient try taping and padding the bunion first. There are several companies in operation today that manufacture products designed for such applications. So the patient may need to try out a few different combinations before finding the right one. Bunion Treatment #3: Exercises and Lifestyle Changes Depending on the condition of the bunion, the podiatrists’ list of suggestions may also include making lifestyle changes. Those lifestyle changes may include taking over-the-counter pain relievers and engaging in foot exercises. Examples of exercises that the podiatrist may order are toe extensors and toe adductors. Bunion Treatment #4: Surgery Lastly, in severe cases, podiatrists may suggest that patients undergo a surgical procedure to have the bunion removed called a bunionectomy. The surgical option, however, may not be best for everyone. It typically involves a lengthy recovery period, and during the recovery period, the patient may need assistance completing routine tasks. For more information about these Largo bunion treatment options and others, please contact our Largo foot & ankle...

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