Treatment Options for Bunions
Dealing with a painful bunion that is affecting your day-to-day life? You don’t have to just put up with the pain. Turn to one of our Stafford or Lakeridge Foot and Ankle Center foot and ankle board certified podiatrists to give you the relief your feet need.
Conservative Options for Targeting Bunion Symptoms
When you first come in for bunion treatment in our offices, it’s standard to receive non-surgical treatment options first. Many times these simple remedies can be exactly what a patient needs to experience relief and to prevent the bunion from progressing.
Choose different shoes: Shoes with high heels or shoes that are too tight will put too much pressure on your bunions. Instead, opt for roomy shoes that offer some support with a lower heel. You should be able to wiggle your toes in your shoes!
Medications: Usually taking prescription strength ibuprofen or other prescription topical anti-inflammatory medications can help control both pain and swelling. But if pain is too severe you may require steroid injections which can give from 2-6 months of relief of discomfort.
Icing: If you are dealing with any soreness or inflammation one of the best ways to combat it is by icing the painful joint for 20 minutes per hour over the bunion area
Orthotics: Many times you need more arch support than your shoes can give you. Custom-made orthotics from your Stafford or Lake Ridge Center foot doctor can help take pressure off certain areas of the foot while also providing more support and stabilization for other regions. We would be happy to talk to you about custom orthotics and what they can do for your foot health.
When Surgery is Needed
Surgery is not usually the first option we look at when it comes to treating your bunions. Of course, this is the only way to actually remove a bunion completely. Surgical techniques utilizing internal bone screws aid in healing bone faster and enabling earlier weight bearing and transition to normal shoes in as little as 4-6 weeks after surgery. Bunion surgical correction is done as an outpatient at a hospital or surgical center. Our doctors are all Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery and are on staff at Fairfax and Stafford Hospitals and Fairfax Surgical Center.
One of our doctors, Richard Derner, DPM, is the current President of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons which is the top surgical educational and surgical training organization for foot and ankle Podiatric care in the world!
If you have a bunion and are looking for the optimum care and treatment, then turn to the foot experts at the Lakeridge and Stafford Foot and Ankle Centers. Call Today!