How Your Longwood Podiatrist Can Treat Bunions Without Surgery

Are you suffering from bunions? Today we are sharing how your Longwood podiatrist can nonsurgically treat your bunions.

You may have noticed a bump on the side of someone's big toe, maybe even yours. Doctors call that bump hallux valgus, but you might know it as a bunion. This bump reflects changes in the bony framework on the front part of the foot. Bunions form when the bone or tissue at the joint at the bottom of the big toe moves out of place. Years of pressure on the joint forces the big toe to bend towards the others which cause the lump. All bunions are permanent unless they are surgically corrected. However, today we’re sharing how your Longwood podiatrist can treat bunions without surgery.

If you are not sure whether or not you are suffering from bunions, here are a few symptoms to look out for:

  • Inflammation

  • Possible numbness

  • Possible burning sensation

Early treatment is recommended in order to ease the pain bunions cause. Here are some things we recommend in order to non-surgically treat a bunion:

  • Padding

Protect the bunion with a gel-filled pad, which you can buy at most drugstores. Padding will cover the area and minimize the pain.

  • Change your footwear--Buy shoes that have a wide space for your toes and take a break from ones that have a tight space in the front.

  • Shoe Inserts--Use shoe inserts to help position the foot correctly.These can be over-the-counter arch supports or prescription orthotic devices.

  • Take an anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen to reduce inflammation.

  • Wear a splint at night to hold the toe straight and ease discomfort, under a doctor’s guidance.

These are just a few nonsurgical treatments you can do to relieve bunion pain. If these methods fail to relieve your bunion pain, as your Longwood podiatrist, we recommend considering surgery. Some patients are interested in treating their bunions by stretching their feet to realign their toes. If the pain interferes with daily activities then surgery will likely be your best option.

Our Longwood podiatrist will take a look at the bunion, note your pain, and inform you on which is the best option for you. Click here to book an appointment.

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