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By Foot and Ankle Clinic
August 24, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

BunionThe 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:

  1. Better footwear with more room in the toes, or you can stretch shoes you already wear
  2. Losing weight
  3. Rest when your feet hurt or feel tired
  4. Elevation above heart level (rest it on a couple of pillows)
  5. Night time splints to correct toe alignment (these work really well with young people)
  6. Padding to reduce friction with your shoe
  7. In-office corn and callus removal (don't do this at home!)
  8. Wearing custom-crafted shoe orthotics, or inserts, which correct problems with how you walk
  9. 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.

By Foot and Ankle Clinic
May 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsWhat is a Bunion?

Are you dealing with a bunion? A bunion is a protrusion of the bone at the base of the big toe. While a bunion may seem like a bump, according to the (APMA) American Podiatric Medical Association a bunion is actually the enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe – the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. While bunions are a common foot disorder, it is not something that you should ignore as bunions can cause discomfort and become inflamed if left untreated.

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions can be hereditary and aggravated by the shoes you wear, especially high heels or shoes that don’t have enough room for your toes. Certain factors can also contribute to the development of bunions, such as if you have flat feet or low arches or if your feet pronate (when the ankles roll in towards each other during movement and cause excessive and prolonged pressure on the joints in the feet). If you are dealing with bunions, or think that you are, it’s important to seek help from a qualified podiatrist to get the care you need to relieve your pain and discomfort.

How a Podiatrist Can Help

Your podiatrist may recommend certain conservative at home steps you can take to minimize the discomfort. The first thing they may recommend is that you look at or change the kind of shoes you wear. It’s important to find shoes that are wide enough to accommodate your toes. Shoes such as high heels are likely to make the problem worse. Bunion pads can also help with your discomfort.
Severe bunion pain can restrict your mobility. Untreated bunions can continue to get worse if you don’t do something about them and can lead to other issues such as calluses and corns, or you may experience pain or redness on the site of the bunion, as well as swelling.
Other treatment options include orthotics or a combination of physical therapy and medication to relieve pressure and inflammation of the bunion. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to resolve the issue.

Prevention is Key

We all like to remain active, and oftentimes it is the result of this activity that can make your bunion pain worse. You should visit your podiatrist if you notice any issues so they can be caught and treated as early as possible. Call our office today.
By Foot and Ankle Clinic
June 12, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Find out if a bunion is the source of your foot pain and discomfort.bunion

When people think of bunions they often think that it’s something women get from wearing tight and ill-fitted high heels everyday for many years. While the shoes you wear can certainly affect the health and structure of your feet and quite possibly lead to this bony deformity near your big toe, our Spokane Valley, WA, and Hayden, Kellogg and, ID, podiatrist, Dr. Jacqueline Babol, is here to tell you that anyone can get a bunion and here’s how.

A bunion effects that joint that is at the bottom of the big toe. If you follow the curve of your arches up to your toes you will see that there is a joint that juts out right before your big toe. Of course, if you have a bunion this protrusion will be far more pronounced. In more advanced stages you may even notice that the big toe leans in or overlaps some of the other toes. If so, you may have a bunion.

How do bunions happen?

In most cases, people don’t start to notice a bunion until they get older. All those years of abuse, exercise, poor shoes and health conditions can take their toll on your feet over the years. Of course, if you do develop a bunion, you may want to thank your family for it. Bunions are hereditary. This means that if your mother or father had one, then you’re more likely to have one at some point in your life, too.

A bunion may also be the result of arthritis, a weak or misaligned foot structure, or from wearing tight shoes or high heels.

When should I see a doctor?

Most people don’t notice a bunion until it’s started to cause some pain and discomfort. You may notice that wearing shoes that once felt comfortable now push on the bunion and cause problems when walking. If you find that you are experiencing any pain, particularly when wearing properly fitted shoes with no heels, then you should see our Spokane Valley, Hayden and Kellogg foot doctor for an evaluation.

Foot & Ankle Clinic offers many convenient locations: Spokane Valley, WA, and the Hayden and Kellogg, ID, region. If your bunion is dictating your daily activities, it might be time to give us a call.

By Foot and Ankle Clinic
December 02, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsA bunion is an abnormal, bony prominence that develops on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the big toe joint becomes enlarged, it forces the toe to crowd against your other toes, and the pressure exerted on your big toe joint results in inflammation and pain. Early treatment is necessary to decrease the risk of developing joint deformities.

Bunions develop due to prolonged abnormal pressure or motion on your big toe joint, most often caused by inherited structural defects, poor-fitting shoes, foot injuries, or congenital deformities. Women are generally more prone to bunions because of the shoe types typically worn, such as high-heels and narrow-toed shoes.

Bunion pain can range from mild to severe, often making it difficult to wear shoes and perform normal activities. You should contact our office if you notice the following symptoms:

  • An enlarged, visible bulge on your big toe joint
  • Restricted movement of your big toe or foot that prevents you from performing normal activities
  • Irritation, corns or calluses caused by the overlap of the first and second toes
  • Frequent pain, swelling or redness around your big toe joint

Treatment For a Bunion

Treatment for a bunion will vary depending on its severity. Identifying the condition in its early stages is important to avoid surgery, with the main objective of early treatment being to relieve pressure and stop the progression of the deformity. Many times conservative treatments, such as padding, modified footwear or orthotic devices can be highly effective for preventing further growth and reducing the pressure and pain.

We recommend the following for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions:

  • Wear comfortable shoes that don't cramp or irritate your toes and avoid high-heeled shoes
  • Apply ice to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Our podiatrists can show you how to apply padding to your foot to place it in its normal position and reduce stress on the bunion

When early treatments fail or the persistent pain associated with your bunion is interfering with your daily activities, a surgical procedure may be recommended as a last resort to realign the toe joint and alleviate the pressure. We can advise you on the best treatment options available to relieve pressure on the bunion and slow the progression of the joint deformity.