Treatment Options For Bunions
Bunions are bone deformities that are caused by an enlarged joint at the base and side of the big toe. They form when the toe moves out of proper position. This enlargement can cause pressure or friction when it rubs against shoes. Over a period of time, the movement of the toe angles toward other toes causing irritation or even inflammation in the area. This can cause other deformities such as hammertoe. A podiatrist in Henrico, Richmond, Hanover or West End, Virginia, from Achilles Foot and Ankle Center can examine your foot and determine what treatments you will benefit from the most.
Individuals with bunions can suffer from both pain and discomfort causing the skin to become red and tender. The bigger this bunion gets, the harder it is to walk as this joint flexes with every step you take. Bursitis often develops or even arthritis for patients that leave their bunions untreated. This is why you see a podiatrist when you suspect there are major issues with your feet. Your Henrico, Richmond, Hanover or West End, Virginia podiatrist will give you treatment options for your bunion issues. Bunions will not resolve themselves and do require professional treatment. The sooner they are treated, the less likely more severe measures will need to be made to remedy this deformity.
The goal for bunion treatment is to relieve the pain and pressure and to stop any continuous growth and/or enlargement. Some common bunion treatments include:
- Protective padding
- Custom foot orthotics
- Footwear changes
In some instances, these conservative treatment measures for your bunion may not work effectively in order to prevent damage from bunions. In these limited cases, bunion surgery is required from a podiatrist in Henrico, Richmond, Hanover or West End, Virginia. To schedule an appointment, call our office today.