By Advanced Podiatry of Needham
May 13, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

What you need to know about bunion treatment

If you have a large hard bump next to your big toe, it could be a bunion. Bunions are a common foot problem especially if you are a bunionsrunner. Women are especially prone to bunions. In fact, over half of the women in America have bunions, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. This is because bunions can be caused from wearing shoes which are too narrow and crush your toes. You don’t need to suffer from bunion pain because Dr. Michael Mitry at Advanced Podiatry of Needham, in Needham, Massachusetts can help you.

Dr. Mitry will take x-rays to determine the extent of bone involvement and do a comprehensive exam. He will develop a customized treatment plan taking into account the size of the bunion, your level of comfort and your lifestyle. If you have a small, non-painful bunion, Dr. Mitry may suggest these helpful home remedies:

  • Icing your bunion several times a day for 15 minutes
  • Taping your foot to cushion and support the bunion
  • Taking pain medications including ibuprofen or Tylenol
  • Wearing padded inserts in your shoes to prevent friction
  • Wearing wide, supportive, comfortable shoes

If your bunion is large and painful, Dr. Mitry may suggest more aggressive treatment including:

  • Custom-fit orthotics to support your foot when you walk
  • Splints to wear at night
  • Custom-made footwear to accommodate the bunion
  • Injecting cortisone around the bunion to reduce swelling
  • Toe and foot exercises to prevent arthritis
  • Removing corns, calluses and other growths
  • Surgery to remove the bunion and realign your toe

Don’t let bunions impact your quality of life and keep you sedentary. You don’t have to suffer from painful bunions when help is just a phone call away. Get some help by calling Dr. Michael Mitry at Advanced Podiatry of Needham, in Needham, Massachusetts. Call today and get walking again!

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