Is your bunion getting worse? Although bunion pain may be a minor inconvenience in the early stages, pain can soon take over your life. Although home treatment may be helpful, a visit to your podiatrist may be necessary if your pain is severe. Dr. Bryan Sheehan of Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America in Bentonville, AR, and Grove, OK, offers a range of treatments that can help decrease your pain and improve your mobility.
What can I do to treat bunion pain at home?
Pain often occurs due to pressure on your bunion. Changing your footwear is a simple way to improve your symptoms. Tight shoes or high heels put pressure on your bunion, which increases pain. Shop for shoes that easily accommodate your bunion. Even the roomiest shoes may press against your bunion at times. If you don't take steps to reduce friction, you may eventually develop painful corns or calluses. Placing felt-backed adhesive pads on your bunion can help you avoid these skin conditions.
If you do develop corns or calluses, you may be able to gradually remove them with a pumice stone. Soak your feet in warm water for 15 minutes, then use a pumice stone to gently remove the top layers of dead skin. Don't try to remove your own corns and calluses if they're very thick or you have diabetes.
Even a few extra pounds can increase the pressure on your bunion. If you've been planning to lose weight, now is the perfect time to begin shedding pounds. Choose exercises that won't stress your feet, such as swimming.
Pain and swelling can often be controlled with ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories.
When should I see the foot doctor?
Visit your Bentonville or Grove podiatrist if your pain interferes with your daily activities or your bunion is growing larger. Your foot doctor can offer several treatments that may help, such as:
- Cortisone Injections: Injections target your pain at the source.
- Taping and Night Splints: Both methods are used to improve the alignment of the bones in the joint.
- Orthotics: The prescription shoe inserts are designed to hold your foot in the optimum position when you wear shoes. Wearing orthotics may help prevent your bunion from progressing.
- Physical Therapy: Physical therapy can improve flexibility and reduce your risk of arthritis.
- Surgery: Surgery may be needed to remove your bunion and realign or fuse the bones in your joint.
Ease your bunion pain with a visit to the podiatrist. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheehan of Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America by calling (479) 224-6411 for the Bentonville, AR, office or (918) 787-6893 for the Grove, OK, office.