Treatments for Bunions
Precision Foot and Ankle believes that conservative care options should always be considered first when treating a bunion.
While a bunion can never be corrected without surgery, there is no need for such a procedure if other forms of treatment can relieve pain, provide comfort, and prevent progression of the shifting joint.
Forms of conservative treatment include:
- Shoe changes – Switching to footwear that is better accommodating of a bunion can go a long way toward relieving pain, pressure, and irritation.
- Padding – Specialized bunion pads can reduce friction against prominent areas, preventing them from rubbing against the inside of a shoe or other toes.
- Orthotic inserts – Custom-made inserts can help distribute pressure more evenly across the foot and prevent excess pressure toward the front of the foot.
- Exercises – In some cases, stretches and exercises that build strength and stability within the toes can help prevent the progression of a bunion.
In typical cases, we prefer trying conservative forms of treatment for at least three months. If these have little or no effect, however, we might then consider surgery as an option.
There are multiple forms of bunion surgery, and the specific procedure performed will depend on one’s condition, lifestyle, and needs.
Different procedures might involve removing or shaving down part of the bone to straighten the toe, removing swollen tissue from around the joint, or performing reconstructive bone alignment. We will be sure to fully discuss all the options, including their pros and cons, with you before making any decisions to move forward.
To prevent ingrown toenails, it is best to avoid trimming your toenails too short. Trim your toenails straight across instead of curving at the edges. Trying to cut out the ingrown edges can make the condition worse over time. If this is the first time you are experiencing an ingrown toenail, you may also try to soak your feet in lukewarm water with epsom salts. If you do not notice improvement in your symptoms within a couple of days, see your local podiatrist for further management before the condition becomes worse. In general, home treatment does little to fix the problem and can make the problem worse.
When To See Your Podiatrist
You should see your podiatrist if you continue to experience pain and redness or if your symptoms worsen. Your podiatrist will perform a minor procedure to remove the offending nail border and improve your pain. The procedure will likely be performed with local anesthesia to make you comfortable. They may also prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection if needed. Most people experience minimal pain after the procedure and can resume normal activity the next day.
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