What Can I Do for My Bunion? The best treatments for bunions.
You have a large hard bump right next to your big toe, and you can hardly put your shoes on. You have to go about your daily activities, but it has become very painful to walk around. Chances are good that you have a bunion, but there is relief from the pain. It’s time to go see Dr. Bryan Sheehan at Ankle and Foot Centers of Mid-America, your podiatrist in Grove and Bentonville, Oklahoma. He can help you walk without pain again.
Bunions are most common in women; In fact, over half of the women in America have them, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Bunions are usually caused by wearing shoes which are too narrow and scrunch the toe area. High heels also push toes forward, adding to the problem.
Dr. Sheehan is here to help. He will do a thorough exam and probably take some x-rays to see the extent of bone involvement. After a thorough consultation, he will work with you to determine an individualized treatment plan.
If your bunion is still small and not painful, Dr. Sheehan may recommend convenient home remedies such as:
- Putting ice packs on the bunion
- Wearing padded inserts in your shoes
- Taping your foot to support and cushion the bunion
- Taking pain medication such as Tylenol or ibuprofen
- Changing to wide, comfortable shoes with lots of toe room
For larger, painful bunions, there are several treatments Dr. Sheehan may suggest, including surgery. Some of these treatments are:
- Injecting cortisone around the bunion
- Straightening your foot and big toe
- Removing extra swollen tissue around your toe joint
- Fusing the joints in your toe
- Removing some of the bone in your big toe
If you have a painful bunion, call Dr. Bryan Sheehan at Ankle and Foot Centers of Mid-America, your podiatrist in Grove and Bentonville, Oklahoma. He can relieve your pain and get you back on your feet, so call today!