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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.
It’s not fun living with bunions. They affect the way you walk, how your feet look, and how you fit your shoes. They are embarrassing and difficult to deal with (especially if you’re required to spend a lot of time on your feet), but luckily treatments are available to get rid of them. Find out what causes bunions and how Dr. Steven Vines, a podiatrist in Ventura and Oxnard, CA, can help get your feet back to normal.
If you have a bunion, you will know it. It looks like there is a huge bump is on the inside of your foot; meanwhile, the toes are pointed outward and crowded together. The bone at the inside of the foot is being pushed out of position causing the protrusion. Putting a normal shoe on, especially a pair of high heels, is almost impossible when you have a bunion. Sometimes the toes twist or turn out of position. It is a very painful problem, but it can be resolved by your Ventura or Oxnard podiatrist.
What Causes Them?
In most cases, a bunion develops over a long period of time from wearing poorly made shoes. If identical bunions form on both feet, your shoes are most likely the cause. Too much pressure on the joint located beneath the big toe causes the bone to move out of place. Bunions can also develop due to complications related to arthritis and often runs in families.
How a Podiatrist Can Help Your Feet
Orthotic devices and padding are used to relieve the pressure causing the bunions and encourage the foot to sit in the right position. The foot may be splinted or wrapped at night to aid the healing process. Exercises and physical therapy will help relieve pain and make the joints more flexible. A bunionectomy (a surgery to remove the protrusion) is the go-to treatment if a bunion is firmly set in place and won’t respond to non-invasive solutions.
No More Bunions
Bunions don’t have to become a lifelong problem. Have them treated by Dr. Vines, a podiatrist practicing in Ventura and Oxnard, CA. Call (805) 485-3151 or (805) 648-3222 today to schedule an appointment.
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.