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Bunions aren't always due to poor shoes. They are also hereditary. If you're one of those people suffering from bunions, the podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia in Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA, can offer you some advice.
More on Bunions
If you start to notice the joint of your big toe becoming larger, then you may be forming a bunion. The protrusion of the bunions can be very painful and other issues such as flat feet, foot injuries, and neuromuscular problems may contribute to their formation. The problem with bunions is that they can cause the formation of other toe deformities, such as hammertoes, bursitis, arthritis, and corns and calluses
Here are some things bunions can have an effect on:
- Walking can be an obstacle because it rubs against your shoes causing friction, pressure, redness, and eventually pain.
- If the bunion moves towards the second toe and starts to rotate, this is called Hallus Abducto Valgus.
- The enlargement moves the toe at an angle where it starts bending in towards the rest of the toes.
- The bunion can also cause the toe to overlap the third toe, which is something referred to as Hallux Valgus.
Dealing with Bunions
- Make sure to wear shoes that have extra padding. The felt material in the padding creates a protective cushion that reduces friction. This will help reduce the amount of friction and inflammation to your skin.
- To improve and maintain healthy joint mobility and reduce stiffness, your podiatrist may prescribe exercises.
- Removing corns and calluses, if they've formed any, can help alleviate some of the issues experienced due to bunions.
- Your Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA. podiatrist may recommend an orthotic device designed to keep your toe in the proper position.
Bunions are painful to deal with. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, just call your Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA.
A bunion is an abnormal, bony prominence that develops on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the big toe joint becomes enlarged, it forces the toe to crowd against your other toes, and the pressure exerted on your big toe joint results in inflammation and pain. Early treatment is necessary to decrease the risk of developing joint deformities.
Bunions develop due to prolonged abnormal pressure or motion on your big toe joint, most often caused by inherited structural defects, poor-fitting shoes, foot injuries, or congenital deformities. Women are generally more prone to bunions because of the shoe types typically worn, such as high-heels and narrow-toed shoes.
Bunion pain can range from mild to severe, often making it difficult to wear shoes and perform normal activities. You should contact our office if you notice the following symptoms:
- An enlarged, visible bulge on your big toe joint
- Restricted movement of your big toe or foot that prevents you from performing normal activities
- Irritation, corns or calluses caused by the overlap of the first and second toes
- Frequent pain, swelling or redness around your big toe joint
Treatment For a Bunion
Treatment for a bunion will vary depending on its severity. Identifying the condition in its early stages is important to avoid surgery, with the main objective of early treatment being to relieve pressure and stop the progression of the deformity. Many times conservative treatments, such as padding, modified footwear or orthotic devices can be highly effective for preventing further growth and reducing the pressure and pain.
We recommend the following for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions:
- Wear comfortable shoes that don't cramp or irritate your toes and avoid high-heeled shoes
- Apply ice to reduce inflammation and pain
- Our podiatrists can show you how to apply padding to your foot to place it in its normal position and reduce stress on the bunion
When early treatments fail or the persistent pain associated with your bunion is interfering with your daily activities, a surgical procedure may be recommended as a last resort to realign the toe joint and alleviate the pressure. We can advise you on the best treatment options available to relieve pressure on the bunion and slow the progression of the joint deformity.
Are you concerned that you may have a bunion? Drs. Douglas Stabile, Mark Scripps, Richard Derner, Andy Roussel and Michael Cashdollar, your Stafford, VA, podiatrists, share a few bunion signs and symptoms and explain what you can do about bunion pain.
Is that bump a bunion?
If your bump is at the base of your big toe, you might just have a bunion. Bunions occur when your big toe begins to drift toward your other toes instead of remaining straight. If your toe remains in its new position long enough, the bones in your foot will move out of alignment and you'll soon notice the bump that's characteristic of a bunion.
If you have a bunion, you may notice:
- Pain, particularly when you're on your feet a lot
- Inflammation or reddening over the bunion
- A burning sensation
- Trouble moving your toe
- Thicker skin at the bottom of your big toe
- Corns, due to overlapping toes
Why did I get a bunion?
Bunions often develop if the shoes you wear are too tight and put pressure on the sides of your feet. Women are particularly at risk because they're more likely to wear high heels and shoes designed for style, not necessarily comfort. Other causes of bunions include an inherited foot instability, arthritis in your foot, a foot deformity or a disparity in the length of your legs
What can I do about my bunion?
Ice and over-the-counter pain relievers can help you relieve bunion pain. Wearing comfortable shoes with plenty of room in the toes will help you get through the day, although you may need to add bunion pads to give your foot extra cushioning. Your foot doctor can offer several solutions that will help ease your pain, such as orthotics, splints and arch supports that help properly align your foot. If your problem is severe, surgery to realign your bones may be recommended.
Do you think you have a bunion? Your foot doctor can help you feel better when you're on your feet. Call any of your Stafford, VA, podiatrists, at (540) 720-0700 to schedule an appointment.
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!
If you've experienced a bunion before, you're likely to have another. At Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia in Stafford, our podiatrists recommend the following regimens to keep your feet comfortable and bunion-free.
Avoid narrow footwear
While high heels make a fashion statement, they also cause your feet to relay another message: "Ouch!" These shoes, with narrow toe boxes and unforgiving arches, distort the feet into unnatural positions and require the wearer to essentially walk on tiptoe. The weight isn't evenly distributed, putting all the pressure on the toes. This is why high heels are thought to be one of the main causes of bunions. Men's dress footwear can be uncomfortable as well, as they can crowd the toes and provide no cushioning for the heels. Your Stafford podiatrist suggests choosing shoes that have ample room in the toe box and have a heel height of no more than 2 inches. Cushioned inserts can also help. If you must wear high heels to work, give your feet a much-needed break throughout the day by kicking the heels off under your desk and bringing along a pair of comfortable flats to wear when walking longer distances.
As much as possible, walk in bare feet. This helps to give your feet a rest from the confines of footwear and strengthens the muscles and bones. In colder weather, your Stafford podiatrist recommends thick socks or comfortable, padded slippers.
Use inserts and pads
At the first sign of a bunion, your Stafford podiatrist recommends applying a bunion pad, which can be purchased at your local pharmacy. This cushions your big toe and relieves some of the pressure while wearing shoes. Bunion splints may also be useful, and some patients at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia have had success with taping their toes. Your Stafford podiatrist can instruct you on the proper way to apply the tape.
Visit your Stafford podiatrist if you think you might be developing a bunion. Our professional medical staff can determine the extent of your injury and give you suggestions for treating it effectively.