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Approximately 33 percent of people in Western countries develop bunions. This, however, isn't due to the problem being hereditary, although certain families have the tendency to form them. If you're one of those people suffering from bunions, Dr. Sara Bouraee of Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists at Williamsburg and Hampton, VA, can offer treatment to alleviate discomfort. Read below to learn more!
Signs That You May Have a Bunion
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. An additional problem with bunions is that they can cause the formation of other toe deformities, such as hammertoes, bursitis, arthritis, corns, and calluses.
Here are some other things bunions can have an effect on:
- Walking can be an obstacle because it rubs against your shoes causing friction, pressure, redness, and pain.
- The bunion can also cause the toe to overlap the third toe, which is something referred to as Hallux Valgus.
- 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.
How to Deal 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.
- Custom orthotic devices can keep your toe in the proper position.
- 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.
Seeking Relief? Give Us a Call!
Bunions are painful to deal with. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, just call one of our offices in either Williamsburg or Hampton, VA. For Williamsburg, call (757) 220-3311, and for Hampton, call (757) 224-7605.
What is a Bunion?
What Causes Bunions?
How a Podiatrist Can Help
Prevention is Key
Bunions affect about 31 percent of adults according to the Framingham Foot Study. Some cases are relatively minor and only show a slight deformity, while other cases are interfering with the patient's ability to walk and wear shoes. If you think you may have bunions, find out for certain by visiting Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle in Hampton and Williamsburg, VA.
Bunions—A Common Foot Deformity
Bunions are foot deformities that cause pain, discomfort, and embarrassment for millions of Americans. Pressure on the big toe causes the toe to move inward while the joint moves outward, enlarges, and swells. The big toe starts to crush or overlap the other toes. This is not a problem that will go away on its own—you must have them treated by your Hampton or Williamsburg, VA podiatrist as soon as possible.
What Causes Bunions?
Women who wear pointed high heels often complain about bunions. In general, wearing uncomfortable, inexpensive shoes—especially when you do a lot of walking every day—can cause bunions to form. Some people are more prone to this foot problem due to an arthritic condition.
The treatment for bunions depends on the severity of the condition. A small bunion can often be corrected by wrapping the feet and wearing custom orthotics or pads for an extended period of time. Taking some time off your feet may also aid the healing process. If there is a callus on the bunion, that will be removed by your podiatrist. Certain therapeutic exercises can also help with joint mobility. A night splint, worn while sleeping, can help with realignment. If non-invasive solutions don't work, a surgery called a bunionectomy may be required.
Realign Your Feet
Bunions will likely continue to increase in size and become more painful to live with if you don't have them treated promptly. Dr. Sara Bouraee and Dr. Mahmoud Salem can help you at their Hampton and Williamsburg, VA podiatry office. Call (757) 220-3311 or (757) 224-7605 today to schedule a foot consultation.
Characterized by a large, unsightly bump on the side of the big toe joint, bunions signal an underlying deformity in the structure of the foot. Left untreated, bunions may become progressively worse, causing severe discomfort, difficulty walking, redness and swelling.
Treatment options vary with the severity of each bunion. Identifying the deformity early in its development is important in avoiding surgery. Common conservative treatments include rest, ice, padding, orthotics and footwear modifications. Many times a combination of these simple lifestyle changes and non-surgical approaches are enough to relieve the pain and stop the progression of the bunion, although these treatments won’t reverse the actual deformity.
When non-surgical treatments fail to relieve your pain, or your bunion is interfering with normal, daily activities, our office may recommend a bunionectomy, which involves the surgical removal of a bunion to reduce pressure and repair the joint. There are a variety of surgical procedures available to treat bunions. The goal of surgery is to correct the deformity by realigning the toe. This is accomplished by removing the bony bump and restoring normal, pain-free function.
When Should I Consider Bunion Surgery?
- Nonsurgical, conservative treatment has failed to relieve your bunion pain
- Walking or performing normal, everyday tasks is difficult and painful
- The simple act of wearing shoes causes pain
- Your big toe joint is constantly swollen
Your age and health may also determine your candidacy for bunion surgery. Your podiatrist will work with you to determine the best treatment for your individual needs. With the surgical removal of bunions, we can relieve your pain and help you return to the activities you enjoy!
Foot problems can crop up anytime and often when we least expect it. Don’t let a foot problem throw you off guard. Our Williamsburg, VA, podiatrists Dr. Sara Bouraee and Dr. Mahmoud Salem are here to offer up some insight into some rather common foot problems and how you may want to handle them if they ever happen to you.
Since fungus is all around it it’s fairly common for most people to face a fungal foot infection at some point during their lifetime. While some infections may spread to the toenails, athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that affects the skin of the feet. You may notice that the skin, particularly between the toes, is red, scaly, itchy, peeling or burning. These symptoms can be intense at times and can continue to spread throughout the foot.
How to treat it: While symptoms are pretty annoying, this condition is not really a cause for concern if you are an otherwise healthy individual. In fact, athlete’s foot can often be treated with an over-the-counter antifungal cream that you can get from your local pharmacist. If you have diabetes, if your symptoms are severe or if symptoms persist even after treating the problem with at-home medications, then it’s time to visit our Williamsburg, VA, foot doctors.
A bunion is a deformity of the joint that’s situated at the base of the big toe and it causes the bone to jut out. As a result, it can make wearing shoes or walking around more painful. A bunion is a progressive condition but there are certain measures you can take early on to prevent it from getting worse. While a bunion will only go away if you have surgery to repair it, most people can manage their symptoms without ever needing to resort to surgery.
How to treat it: If you have a bunion, make sure that you are wearing shoes that give your toes a lot of room to wiggle and move around. Shoes should never put additional pressure on the bunion. You can also wear a protective moleskin pad over the bunion before putting on shoes to offer more protection.
While there are many problems that can lead to heel pain, the most common cause is an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis. This is when the band of tissue running along the soles of the feet becomes inflamed. This is typically the result of overuse or strain.
How to treat it: Heel pain will often go away on its own as long as you avoid certain high-impact activities that could irritate the inflamed tissue more. Splinting the foot can also provide some stabilization and support for the heel and the arches to reduce pain and discomfort. If heel pain is severe or doesn’t respond to at-home treatment then we may recommend corticosteroid injections, shockwave therapy or even surgery to treat the problem.
Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists in Williamsburg, VA, is dedicated to providing you with the ultimate in foot care. Whether you want to discuss your bunion treatment options or you want to figure out how to get rid of your heel pain, we are always here to help.