Find out the easiest and most common ways to treat your bunion symptoms.
A bunion is a pretty common issue that plagues a lot of people. While this bony protrusion at the base of the big toe is often just self-limiting, there are some people who deal with pain and discomfort because of this problem. From the office of Oxnard, CA podiatrist Dr. Steven Vines, find out the most common treatment options out there to tackle your bunion symptoms.
The first line of defense to treating your bunion problems is usually more conservative in nature. After all, many patients find that they can experience the relief they need with these nonsurgical options:
If you are experiencing any pain from your bunion then it’s time to consider taking over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen to reduce both pain and inflammation. Of course, before you start any medication regime it’s important that you talk to your Oxnard foot doctor to make sure it is the right option for you.
Wearing bunion pads from your local drugstore can also help to protect the bunion from irritation when wearing shoes. It can also help take pressure off the area, which can often exacerbate the problem.
Orthotics are a great way to realign the foot structure to take pressure off certain areas of the foot including the bunion to reduce pain. While you can opt for over-the-counter orthotics the best way to reduce your symptoms is to get custom-made orthotics from your podiatrist in Oxnard. We can create orthotics with your condition in mind to provide the best comfort.
If the joint becomes swollen or painful you can apply an ice pack to the area multiple times a day to help reduce or eliminate these symptoms. Be sure to never apply ice directly to the skin. Always wrap the ice in a towel or cloth first.
You may also need to reconsider what types of shoes you wear. This means nixing high-heeled or tight-fitted shoes that will put more pressure on the joint. Instead, choose shoes that will allow your toes enough room to move.
While the only way to actually correct a bunion is with surgery, it isn’t often recommended unless conservative measures don’t offer the relief that is needed. If a bunion affects your quality of life then it’s time to talk to us about whether bunion surgery is right for you.
Don’t let bunion pain keep you from your activities. Turn to our Oxnard, CA podiatric office for the care you need to get back on your feet pain-free. Call us today.