The Center for Foot and Ankle Medicine in Jackson, NJ, and Brick, NJ, is here to help when you have a bunion. Dr. Keith Rosenthal, Dr. Julian Sansone, and Dr. Rarama can help you find the best treatment option for your bunion.
What are bunions?
Bunions are painful bone deformities, usually at the base of the big toe. As a bunion grows, it pushes the big toe towards the other toes, forcing the toes sideways. The resulting lump on the big toe rubs against the shoes, causing pain and irritation. The irritation can make standing and walking uncomfortable.
Bunions can happen to anyone but are more common in women. Narrow toe boxes and high heels on footwear contribute to the development of bunions.
How do you treat a bunion?
The best treatment for you will depend on how big and painful the bunion has gotten. Treatment for bunions involves treating the pain and irritation caused by bunions and keeping the bunion from growing any bigger.
When a bunion is in its beginning stages, changing your footwear can make all the difference. Choose comfortable, supportive footwear with room for your toes to wiggle and avoid narrow toe boxes. Forcing your toes into narrow toe boxes will only make a bunion grow larger.
For the pain and swelling, you can ice the bunion and take over-the-counter pain medication. You may want to try bunion shields, which are adhesive pads with felt fabric. These are worn over the bunion and help reduce the irritation from rubbing against shoes.
Your podiatrist may recommend orthotic inserts. These are custom-made for your shoes by your podiatrist, and help stabilize the joint to get the foot in the correct position for standing and walking.
When corrective measures cannot relieve the pain from a bunion, surgery may be recommended. A bunionectomy removes the bunion and realigns the toe, and you heal for about six weeks in a walking cast.
The Center for Foot and Ankle Medicine in Jackson, NJ, and Brick, NJ, is here to help when you have a bunion. Dr. Keith Rosenthal, Dr. Julian Sansone, and Dr. Rarama can help you find relief. Contact us in Brick, NJ, at (732) 477-0441 and in Jackson, NJ, at (732) 833-2800.