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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.
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.
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!