Posts for tag: Bunions
Bunions may feel like a sore bump on the side of your foot makes standing and walking a chore. At Advanced Podiatry of Needham, your foot doctors, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter, will take care of that bunion, improving your foot function, appearance, and comfort.
Just what is a bunion?
Hallux valgus is an acquired foot deformity involving the metatarsophalangeal joint at the base of the big toe. While women and people who carry too much body weight typically develop bunions, most anyone can--even adolescents, reports the American Academy of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Much depends on heredity and on the type of shoes people wear. Narrow, high-heeled shoes exert a lot of pressure on that joint, forcing the big toe toward the second and even the third toe.
Symptoms associated with bunions
Symptoms vary, but here are some common ones:
- Intermittent pain or tenderness
- Burning and numbness
- Friction and redness
- Swollen appearance
- Difficulties with walking and running
- Corns and calluses at the point of friction with the shoe
- Poor range of motion in the toe
Also, your foot doctors see accompanying hammertoes, bursitis, and metatarsalgia as they see numerous patients with bunions in their Needham, MA, office.
After a visual inspection and X-ray imaging of your foot, your podiatrist can diagnose your bunion definitely. Then, Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter can customize a treatment plan for your particular needs. Care may include:
- Over the counter medications for pain (ibuprofen, for example)
- Strapping and padding to re-align and cushion the toe and side of the foot
- Customized orthotics to correct gait problems
- In-office corn and callus removal
- Wearing shoes which are roomy in the toe box
Bunionectomy is surgical removal of the bony bump on the side of foot. The big toe itself is then re-aligned to the proper position.
It will only get worse
The vast majority of bunions worsen over time. So, if you suspect you are developing one of these foot deformities, don't wait. See Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter at Advanced Podiatry of Needham today. You'll like their compassionate and effective care, and how much better your foot feels after treatment. Call us for an appointment: we have office hours Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Phone (781) 444-4044.
As much as you may wish it would, bunion and foot pain won’t go away on its own. You have to fix the source of the problem to get any long-term relief. A podiatrist at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA, has a solution for your bunions and recommendations for how you can avoid them reoccurring.
Struggling with Bunions
Though bunions appear to be harmless bumps on the inside surfaces of the feet, they are actually bone deformities that can cause consistent, persistent pain and swelling. The pain is usually felt on or around the bunion itself, but it can also be felt in the toe joints.
How to Relieve Pain from Bunions
The best course of action for bunion pain is to immediately seek treatment with a podiatrist to see if a targeted therapy will help. Here are a few ways that a podiatrist in Needham can help get calm your foot pain due to bunions:
- Realign the bunions with surgery (bunionectomy), splinting, and/or orthotic therapy.
- Administer corticosteroid injections at pain sites.
- Practice exercises and physical therapy of the foot to relieve pain.
Dealing with Bunions Going Forward
It’s important to be aware of what caused your case of bunions, whether it was a foot deformity from childhood or the type of shoes you wear every day. That way you can avoid having them form again. Here are some tips on how to avoid bunion pain:
- Wear doctor-prescribed custom fit orthotics in your shoes everyday—especially when you’re planning to do a lot of walking or standing.
- Wear padding between the toes to help keep them properly aligned.
- Visit your podiatrist regularly for foot exams to ensure the bunion doesn’t return or worsen.
It’s hard to feel motivated to get through your day when your feet are throbbing with pain due to bunions. Get a podiatrist at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA, to help. Call (781) 444-4044 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Mitry.
Find out if any structural changes in your feet could be due to a bunion.
A bunion is a rather common deformity that can affect any toe but often inflicts the big toe, causing a bony protrusion to stick out at the base of the toe’s joint. While women are more likely to develop bunions than men, anyone can suffer from bunions. From the office of our Needham, MA, podiatrist, Dr. Michael Mitry, find out the telltale signs and symptoms of a bunion and when to come in for care.
How will I know if I have a bunion?
All you have to do is check out your feet. If your feet are normal, then the big toe will be completely straight. If you notice a bump on the outside of the foot that’s at the base of the big toe, then chances are good that a bunion is forming. If you are just noticing it, then it’s most likely small at this point, which is a great sign! This means that you can take simple everyday precautions to prevent it from getting worse.
If you also notice that your big toe is leaning inward toward the other toes then you most certainly have a bunion. If your bunion has already affected the structure of your foot, this can cause foot pain, particularly when walking or standing.
Who is more likely to develop bunions?
As we mentioned earlier, anyone can develop a bunion. Of course, there are some factors that increase your chances including:
- A family history of bunions
- Being a woman
- Wearing high heels or tight shoes
- Having arthritis in your feet
- Experiencing a past foot injury
When should I visit my Needham, MA, foot doctor?
If you check your feet and notice a hard protrusion forming at the base of the big toe, it’s a good idea to give us a call so we can properly evaluate it. By examining the foot, we can quickly determine whether or not you have a bunion. Based on the symptoms you are experiencing, we can also determine which treatment options will be best for you.
We can offer up simple lifestyle changes you can make such as wearing properly fitted shoes or custom orthotics, icing the joint or splinting the foot at night to prevent morning pain and stiffness.
Turn to Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA, for all of your foot needs, whether you are looking for ways to treat your bunion or if you are dealing with other foot problems. We are here to get you back on your feet!
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 runner. 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!
You love wearing high heels, but are they hurting your feet more than you know? As it turns out, high heels don't just cause foot pain while in use; they can also lead to bunions and extra trips to see Michael Mitry, DPM at Advanced Podiatry of Needham.
Do High Heels Cause Bunions?
According to recent research collected in the Framingham Foot Study, high heels don't actually cause bunions themselves. Not all podiatrists agree with these findings, however, and even if they are accurate, this doesn't mean that the high heels are safe to wear.
While high heels may not specifically cause bunions, they can worsen bunions in people who are already genetically susceptible to developing them. In other words, if you are already at risk, your choice of footwear may just result in painful and unsightly bunions.
Who is at Risk for Bunions?
If you have a certain foot type, a foot deformity or have suffered a foot injury, you may be at an increased risk for bunions. Having arthritis, wearing ill-fitting shoes, and being on your feet all day can increase your risk as well. Assessing your own risk is very difficult, so be sure to visit Dr. Mitry at Advanced Podiatry of Needham if you have any concerns or questions about your bunion risk.
How Can Bunions Be Prevented?
If you are concerned about your risk of developing bunions or if you have started to develop them already, there are steps you can take to reduce your chances. First, choose proper fitting footwear with a low heel and wide toe box that won't cramp or squish your feet. Wearing shoes with arch supports and going barefoot at home may help as well.
If you want to avoid painful and unsightly bunions as well as the surgery that may be required to treat them, take steps now to reduce your chances of developing a bunion in the future, including making regular visits to see Dr. Mitry at Advanced Podiatry of Needham. Dr. Mitry can assess your bunion risk and help you find ways of preventing these bony protrusions from occurring in the future.