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Bunions are caused when the bone connected to the big toe isn’t supported because of the way the foot is structured, such as low arches. Bunions are a small bump that is located at the base of the big toe and if you’ve ever struggled with bunions, you know that they can be painful to live with. Dr. Keith Kalish in Vero Beach, FL, can help reduce any pain that you may feel from having bunions and can help you regain total foot health.
How to Care for Bunions
If you struggle with bunions, you may feel your bunions throb or ache after a long day and you may avoid certain activities because of them. If you constantly feel pain from your bunions, there are some forms of both home and in-office treatment that your podiatrist in Vero Beach, FL, may recommend for you.
Some examples of treatments you can do at home and lifestyle changes you should make are:
- Avoiding wearing high-heeled shoes.
- Massaging the area a few times a day, especially after wearing shoes.
- Icing the bunion 2-3 times a day.
- Losing weight to avoid excess weight being placed on the feet.
- Soaking your feet in warm water.
- Avoid activities that may cause a flare-up with your symptoms.
- Exercises and stretches to strengthen your feet.
In addition to recommending some lifestyle changes, your podiatrist may recommend some in-office or custom-made treatments as well. Some of these include:
- Custom fitting orthotics.
- Splints from your doctor to wear while sleeping.
If pain persists, foot surgery may be the next option. A bunionectomy may be suggested to remove the bunion and relieve some of the stress placed on your feet.
Contact Your Podiatrist Today!
If you deal with persistent pain from bunions, it may be time to contact Dr. Keith Kalish in Vero Beach, FL. Call (772) 567-0111 today to schedule an appointment and help reduce the pain you feel from your bunions.
Characterized by a large, unsightly bump on the side of the big toe joint, bunions signal an underlying deformity in the structure of the foot. Left untreated, bunions may become progressively worse, causing severe discomfort, difficulty walking, redness and swelling.
Treatment options vary with the severity of each bunion. Identifying the deformity early in its development is important in avoiding surgery. Common conservative treatments include rest, ice, padding, orthotics and footwear modifications. Many times a combination of these simple lifestyle changes and non-surgical approaches are enough to relieve the pain and stop the progression of the bunion, although these treatments won’t reverse the actual deformity.
When non-surgical treatments fail to relieve your pain or your bunion is interfering with normal, daily activities, Keith J. Kalish, DPM, PA may recommend a bunionectomy, which involves the surgical removal of a bunion to reduce pressure and repair the joint. There are a variety of surgical procedures available to treat bunions. The goal of surgery is to correct the deformity by realigning the toe by removing the bony bump and restoring normal, pain-free function.
When you should consider bunion surgery from your podiatrist:
- Nonsurgical, conservative treatment has failed to relieve your bunion pain
- Walking or performing normal, everyday tasks is difficult and painful
- The simple act of wearing shoes causes pain
- Your big toe joint is constantly swollen
Your age and health may also determine your candidacy for bunion surgery. Your podiatrist will work with you to determine the best treatment for your individual needs. The podiatric professionals at Keith J. Kalish, DPM, PA have received advanced training in the surgical removal of bunions, relieving the pain and helping patients return to the activities they enjoy.
A bunion is an abnormal, bony prominence that develops on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the big toe joint becomes enlarged, it forces the toe to crowd against your other toes, and the pressure exerted on your big toe joint results in inflammation and pain. Early treatment is necessary to decrease the risk of developing joint deformities.
Bunions develop due to prolonged abnormal pressure or motion on your big toe joint, most often caused by inherited structural defects, poor-fitting shoes, foot injuries, or congenital deformities. Women are generally more prone to bunions because of the shoe types typically worn, such as high-heels and narrow-toed shoes.
Bunion pain can range from mild to severe, often making it difficult to wear shoes and perform normal activities. You should contact our Vero Beach office if you notice the following symptoms:
- An enlarged, visible bulge on your big toe joint
- Restricted movement of your big toe or foot that prevents you from performing normal activities
- Irritation, corns or calluses caused by the overlap of the first and second toes
- Frequent pain, swelling or redness around your big toe joint
Treatment for a bunion will vary depending on its severity. Identifying the condition in its early stages is important to avoid surgery, with the main objective of early treatment being to relieve pressure and stop the progression of the deformity. Many times conservative treatments, such as padding, modified footwear or orthotic devices can be highly effective for preventing further growth and reducing the pressure and pain.
Keith J. Kalish, DPM, PA recommends the following for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions:
- Wear comfortable shoes that don't cramp or irritate your toes and avoid high-heeled shoes
- Apply ice to reduce inflammation and pain
- Our podiatrists can show you how to apply padding to your foot to place it in its normal position and reduce stress on the bunion
When early treatments fail or the persistent pain associated with your bunion is interfering with your daily activities, a surgical procedure may be recommended as a last resort to realign the toe joint and alleviate the pressure. Keith J. Kalish, DPM, PA can advise you on the best treatment options available to relieve pressure on the bunion and slow the progression of the joint deformity.