TREATMENTS: Bunions

TREATMENTS FOR YOUR FEET, ANKLES & LOWER LEGS

Many of our patients suffer from similar foot and ankle conditions; however, we treat each case uniquely. By understanding not only your podiatric disease, deformity, or other medical condition, but also your specific lifestyle needs, we can better create a course of treatment or recommend footwear that will help relieve your issues.

The complexity of the workings of your feet and ankles makes this a part of your body that may need significant attention, so we don’t rush you through treatment. At our office, we take the time to provide you with comprehensive foot care education and give you the treatment that you need and deserve.

BUNIONS


What is a bunion?

Bunion comes from the Latin word “bunio,” meaning enlargement.

A bunion is formed as a bone like protrusion, “bump” at the base of the big toe where it attaches to the foot. The lump sits on a joint that carries a lot of the body’s weight. while walking, bunions can cause extreme pain if left untreated.

Bunions can form in both men and women, however when we see patients for bunion treatments in Fort Myers, we tend to see many more women with problems due to the types of shoes or heels that women wear in their daily lives.

Bunions can be small and cause little to no pain, or they may be extremely painful and alter the structure of the foot. When this happens is creates stiffness of the joint and overall mobility and comfort of walking may be irritating. Wearing of shoes is problematic or impossible.

A “bunionette” or “tailor’s bunion” occurs on the “outside” of the foot along the little toe.

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions seem to develop in early adulthood when the pressures of bearing and shifting your weight fall unevenly on the joints and tendons in your feet. Bunions often get worse as a person ages and the foot spreads.

It’s debatable whether tight, high-heeled or too-narrow shoes cause bunions or whether footwear simply contributes to bunion development. Bunions are also believed to be hereditary, arthritic, caused by a foot injury or birth deformity.

  • Wearing tight or narrow shoes
  • Inherited foot type
  • Foot injuries
  • Deformities present at birth (congenital)
  • Arthritis, particularly inflammatory types, such as rheumatoid arthritis

Doctor Examination and Treatment of Bunions

For the best bunion treatments Fort Myers has to offer you should make an appointment to see Dr. Joseph Campbell or Dr. Bradley Habuda.

Bunions are very apparent and visible at the base of the big toe or located on the side of the foot. To properly evaluate and diagnose a bunion, the foot and ankle doctor, our certified podiatrist, may take x-rays to determine the degree of the abnormality and assess the changes that have occurred.

Some bunions progress very quickly and some are more gradual but bunions don’t just go away, they do worsen over the course of time. You should make an appointment and have our doctors evaluate your bunion and develop a treatment plan that is best suited for your particular needs.

The doctor may recommend a prescription or over-the-counter pain reliever, as well as medication to relieve the swelling and inflammation. A warm foot bath or hot pack may also help relieve the immediate discomfort and pain.

To reduce the chance of damage to the joint, periodic evaluation and x-rays by the doctor are advised.

Non-surgical treatments are directed at easing the pain of bunions, but they won’t reverse the impairment itself.

Some possible non-surgical treatments:

  • Pads placed over the bunion to help reduce pain
  • Change in your activities as it relates to bunion pain
  • Change footwear to a wider toe box, no pointed toes or high heels
  • Over-the-counter pains relievers or doctor prescribed medication, as mentioned above
  • Icing several times a day can help reduce pain and inflammation
  • Custom orthotic devices may be recommended/provided by the doctor

For the Best Bunion Treatments Fort Myers Has to Offer

If nonsurgical treatments don’t work you still need bunion treatments Fort Myers Foot Doctors can provide.

Surgical options can be discussed with our Fort Myers foot specialists. At your appointment you and your doctor can decide if surgery is necessary and the best option for you.

The surgical procedures are devised to remove the “bump” of bone, correct the changes in the bony structure of the foot, and correct soft tissue changes that may also have occurred.

The recovery period time will vary, depending on the procedure or procedures performed.

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