Bunion pain getting the best of you? A bony prominence that forms on the joint near the bottom of the big toe, bunions can be a very painful condition. Fortunately, Dr. Jacqueline Babol of Foot and Ankle Clinic in Spokane Valley, WA, Hayden, ID, and Kellogg, ID, offers treatments for this common foot deformity. Read on to learn about treatments for bunions.
#1- Suitable Footwear - It is recommended that you wear flat or low-heeled, comfortable shoes if you have bunions. Wear shoes that fit properly and don't pinch or cramp your toes. High-heeled shoes can make bunions worse by putting excessive pressure on the toes. Avoid shoes with pointed toes. Shoes made from soft leather are ideal because they will relieve pressure on your bunions.
#2- Medication - To treat your bunion, your podiatrist may recommend a prescription medication or over-the-counter pain reliever. Medication will not cure your bunion, but it can relieve your symptoms.
#3- Padding and Taping - Padding and taping is often the first step in a treatment plan for bunions. For this step, your podiatric doctor may pad your bunions and tape your feet to keep them in a normal position to reduce pain and allow you to continue a normal, active life. Padding and taping the bunions will also prevent them from getting worse.
#4- Custom Orthotics - Orthotics are frequently used to treat various conditions of the ankles and feet, including bunions. Orthotics are molded pieces of leather, rubber, or other materials that are inserted into shoes. They can help take the pressure off your toes and ease your bunion pain. You can receive custom-made orthotics from your podiatrist.
#5- Bunion Surgery - Your podiatric doctor may recommend surgery for your bunions if your symptoms are severe enough to warrant an operation. The type of surgery performed depends upon the severity of your bunions and your age and general health. Bunion surgery is performed in a hospital or surgery center under general anesthesia or local anesthesia.
Release yourself from bunion pain. Call one of Foot and Ankle Clinic's offices today in Spokane Valley, WA, Hayden, ID, and Kellogg, ID, to schedule a consultation with your podiatrist, Dr. Jacqueline Babol:
- (866) 303-3668- Spokane Valley, WA
- (208) 762-0909-Hayden, ID
- (208) 762-0909- Kellogg, ID