Pain, numbness, corns, and calluses all characterize the progressive foot deformity known as bunions. Located as prominent bumps on the side of the foot by the big toe, bunions affect how people walk and frequently lead to other podiatric problems such as hammertoes. Fortunately, your Oxnard foot doctor, Dr. Steven M. Vines, can help—read on to learn how!
The story of bunions
Bunions are a common foot deformity of the metatarsophalangeal joint at the bottom of the big toe. Also called Hallux valgus, bunions:
- Run in families because of inherited foot structure characteristics
- Happen most frequently when people wear tight, narrow, high-heeled shoes
- Usually, feature an inward turning of the big toe or even the second toe
If you are experiencing the pain and swelling characteristic of bunions, your Oxnard foot doctor can help with a simple, in-office examination. During this consultation, digital X-rays will be taken and a care plan to lessen symptoms and stop the condition's progress will be crafted. In most cases, the surgical removal of the bunion proves to be unnecessary.
Your bunion care plan
Your diligence, combined with Dr. Vines' recommendations, will help your feet feel and function better. Common bunion treatments include:
- Shoe padding, such as moleskin, to limit friction inside the shoe
- Weight loss and maintaining an ideal weight
- Analgesics such as ibuprofen for pain relief
- Cortisone injections to limit inflammation and pain
- Warm soaks
- Elevation of the foot
- Change in footwear to shoes which accommodate the toes with ample room side to side and top to sole (quality athletic shoes work well)
- Night time splints to straighten the joint
- Shoe orthotics, custom-made inserts which correct gait issues and keep pressure off the side of the foot
- Removal of corns and calluses which form at the point of friction between the shoe and the bunion
Happy feet again
Even with bunions, your feet can feel better and function well. For the best in podiatric care, please contact Dr. Steven Vines at either one of his offices. In Oxnard, call (805) 485-3151, or for the Ventura location, phone (805) 648-3222.