What is a common foot condition that causes pain and embarrassment to those that have it? Besides toenail fungus, it's probably a pesky and uncomfortable bunion, a reddened bump at the base of the big toe. Causing friction, pain, and limited mobility, a severe bunion impacts activities of daily living. For relief, see Dr. William Sachs for the most up to date treatment of these painful bunions at Adults & Child Footcare in Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ.
The details on bunions
Many factors lead to bunion development. You can easily modify one factor: it's your choice of shoes. Narrow-toed shoes with high heels place undue pressure on the toes and forefoot, causing bunions.
Additionally, simply standing on your feet for long periods of time, being overweight or having a familial pre-disposition for bunions contributes to the pain, soreness, friction, corns, and calluses typical of Hallux Valgus (the scientific name for bunions). Are you over 65? Then, your age probably contributed to your bunion.
Is surgery necessary?
Bunion surgery will correct this painful deformity. This procedure removes the bony bump and re-positions the toe in correct alignment.
Before considering surgery, there are other less invasive measures you can try. They may include:
- Shoe padding to reduce friction, redness, and soreness
- A change in footwear to shoes with more room in the toes, lower heels (no higher than 2-1/2 inches, says the American Podiatric Medical Association) and better arch support
- Splints (worn at night and usually helpful to adolescents)
- Custom-made shoe orthotics, or inserts, to improve balance and gait
- In-office removal of corns and calluses (never try this at home!)
- Physical therapy, stretching, and special exercises to improve range of motion
- Resting, icing, and elevating your foot when the bunion is sore
Don't be ashamed of your bunion. Dr. Sachs and his team are highly qualified to give you the treatment you need so you can get back to your life. Adult & Child Footcare has two convenient locations. Contact one to arrange an examination. In Toms River, call (732) 255-7070, or in Shrewsbury, phone (732) 389-2555.