Posts for: July, 2016
Don’t let bunion pain dictate your life. Find out how to relieve it.
While some people can go through life with a bunion and never experience any problems, there are some whose bunions are so painful that it affects their day-to-day lives and activities. If your bunion pain is determining your schedule then it’s time you relied on our Bentonville, AR podiatrist Dr. Bryan Sheehan for the care you deserve.
When it comes to treating your bunion the first line of defense is always more conservative in nature, only getting more aggressive if you aren’t seeing the proper results. Plus, most patients can ease their discomfort through these treatment options alone. The most common non-invasive bunion treatments your Bentonville foot doctor will most likely recommend include:
Pain medications: You’ll first try over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen that can reduce both pain and inflammation. However, those with more severe pain may require prescription pain relievers (which we can prescribe, when necessary).
Bunion pads: These reusable pads can be found at your local drugstore or grocery store. They stick over the bunion and protect it from rubbing against shoes and causing discomfort.
Proper footwear: While we won’t be able to give you the shoes you need we can give you advice on looking for shoes to make living with bunions a bit easier. This includes only wearing shoes that give your toes room to wiggle and move around. Toes that are boxed in will deal with more pressure and discomfort, causing the bunion to become worse over time.
Orthotics: These customized shoe inserts are something that we can make for you right here in Bentonville. Orthotics are designed based on your specific foot’s structure to straighten the alignment and cushion the foot while moving or standing. They can provide wonderful relief for many patients suffering from a multitude of foot problems.
Ice therapy: If you aren’t too keen on taking medication to treat your symptoms, there is another way to ease pain and inflammation. Icing your bunion about 15 to 20 minutes a day two to three times a day should be enough to provide the comfort your bunion needs.
If your bunion symptoms do not ease up after trying these treatment options then it’s time to come back to our Bentonville podiatric office to discuss whether surgery is the next best option for you.
Bunions don’t have to cause you such distress. If these treatments aren’t working, or if you have any questions about how to care for your feet, then don’t hesitate to call Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America in Bentonville to get the relief you need.