The side of your foot feels sore--right near the first big toe joint. You feel a slight bump, too. This common foot condition is called a bunion (Hallux Valgus), and your podiatrist at Foot and Ankle Clinic in Spokane Valley, WA, Hayden and Kellogg, ID, can alleviate your symptoms. Dr. Jacqueline Babol is the expert you need for precise and kindly bunion treatment.
Wow, it hurts!
When you're on your feet for extended periods of time, that bunion really hurts. It started a few months ago, and typical of bunions, it has worsened steadily.
When you look at your foot, you see that bump has grown. Frankly, it looks a lot like your mom's foot, and in fact, Dr. Babol and other experts say bunions often run in families. Yes, that big toe is turning in toward the second toe, and you need some help.
Bunion treatment in Spokane Valley, WA
At your Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Babol will look at your foot, ask about your symptoms (severity, onset, what relieves them), check how you walk and take digital X-rays. These images visualize how extensive the deformity really is.
If indeed you have a bunion, she may recommend a treatment plan to help you feel better without surgery. Strategies include:
- Better footwear with more room in the toes, or you can stretch shoes you already wear
- Losing weight
- Rest when your feet hurt or feel tired
- Elevation above heart level (rest it on a couple of pillows)
- Night time splints to correct toe alignment (these work really well with young people)
- Padding to reduce friction with your shoe
- In-office corn and callus removal (don't do this at home!)
- Wearing custom-crafted shoe orthotics, or inserts, which correct problems with how you walk
- Cortisone injections for inflammation
Harvard Health says that when bunions are severe, they impact your quality of life and overall physical condition. However, they respond well to conservative treatments, and most people do not require bunionectomy surgery.
Get the help you need
Dr. Babol treats a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions of the lower extremities. Please call her today for a consultation on your foot problem. In Spokane Valley, phone (866) 303-3668, or for the Hayden and Kellogg locations, call (208) 762-0709.