Treatment Options for Bunions
Is there anything worse than bunion pain? If you have a long-standing struggle with bunions, then you know all too well the aching, throbbing, and sometimes mind-numbing pain that comes from even just the simple act of walking. Fortunately, here at the Vero Beach, FL, the office of podiatrist Dr. Keith J. Kalish, DPM, we have helped countless patients with nonsurgical and surgical care that is fully focused on nixing bunion pain and helping everyone lead a happier, pain-free life.
Here are some ways to reduce bunion pain and to prevent the bunion from getting worse:
Lifestyle Changes and Home Care
There are simple steps you can take each and every day to ensure that your bunion pain doesn’t rear its nasty head. Some of these lifestyle changes include:
- Avoiding high heels (heels over 2 inches tall) and shoes with pointed toes
- Massaging the area several times a day, particularly after wearing shoes
- Icing the bunion for up to 15 minutes, 2-3 times a day to reduce swelling and pain
- Losing excess weight to reduce the amount of pressure placed on your feet
- Soaking feet in warm water to ease discomfort
- Avoiding activities that may exacerbate symptoms
While you may be handling your bunion on your own it’s also important to recognize when your podiatrist may need to step in. If at-home care isn’t giving you the relief you need, then Dr. Keith Kalish can help. Here are some of the treatment options that are offered at our Vero Beach, FL office:
- Custom orthotics: These custom-fitted shoe inserts can provide feet with cushioning and support whenever walking or standing.
- Stretching and strengthening exercises: Dr. Kalish can also show you a series of exercises that can help strengthen your feet to reduce bunion problems.
- Splinting: Night splinting can take the pressure off the joint and temporarily align it to prevent morning pain and stiffness (Dr. Keith Kalish can show you how to splint or tape the bunion properly).
Needing surgery for a bunion is rare but it can happen. Since this procedure comes with weeks of recovery, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of bunion surgery with our podiatric surgeon to see if it’s truly the right choice for you. If you can manage your bunion symptoms with lifestyle changes and other nonsurgical options, then foot surgery probably won’t be necessary.
However, if you are dealing with around-the-clock bunion pain that is severe, doesn’t seem to be relieved by any other treatment or care, and is affecting your quality of life then it’s time to consider surgery.