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Has bunion pain become part of your life? Home care strategies and foot care provided by your foot doctor may help ease your bunion pain. The podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center in Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke, Reston/Herndon, and McLean/Great Falls, VA, treat bunions and a variety of other foot and ankle conditions.
What can I do to relieve my bunion pain?
If you suffer from bunions, one or more of these suggestions may help you manage your condition at home:
- Buy New Shoes: If you haven't already bought new shoes, get rid of your high heels or tight shoes and buy shoes that offer plenty of room for your bunion. Poor footwear choices can worsen your pain and the progression of your bunion.
- Try a New Form of Exercise: Have you stopped exercising because your feet hurt? Unfortunately, failing to exercise can lead to weight gain, which may put even more pressure on your bunion. If your favorite type of exercise worsens your pain, try swimming, Pilates, a rowing machine, or another foot-friendly type of exercise.
- Pad Your Bunions, Corns and Calluses: Adhesive pads, available in the foot care aisle at Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke, Reston/Herndon, and McLean/Great Falls area stores, can make wearing shoes more comfortable.
Should I see a foot doctor?
Home treatment can help decrease your pain, in some cases, but it won't get rid of your bunion. If your pain is severe, worsening, or interferes with your life, your podiatrist can offer a few treatment options including:
- Splinting or Taping: Splints or tape helps improve the alignment of your foot, decreasing bunion pain and slowing progression.
- Orthotics: Orthotics, prescription shoe inserts designed to address your foot issues, re-position, support, and realign your feet when you wear shoes.
- Cortisone Injections: Cortisone injections may be helpful if you have severe pain.
- Physical Therapy: During physical therapy, you'll learn exercises that will prevent your toe from becoming stiff and inflexible.
- Surgery: Surgery may be needed to remove your bunion and realign the bones in your foot. In some cases, surgery may also involve repair of tendons and ligaments or fusion of the bones in your joint.
End your bunion pain with a visit to the foot doctor. Schedule an appointment with the podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center by calling (703) 273-9818 for the Fairfax/Burke, VA, office, (703) 723-9267 for the Ashburn/Leesburg, VA, office, (703) 556-8637 for the McLean/Great Falls, VA, office or (703) 723-2719 for the Reston/Herndon, VA, office.
Hallux valgus may sound like a complicated, rare disease or a spell from the Harry Potter universe, but it's actually another name for bunions, a common foot disorder.
If your podiatrist has diagnosed you with hallux valgus, you may be a little taken aback. Don't worry,Â that's just a long name for a common foot disorderÂ also known as a bunion. The hallux is better known as your big toe, and "valgus" means bent or twisted. These two words together describe exactly what a bunion isÂ your big toe bent toward your other toes. Moving on to your next possible concerns: why does this problem exist and how can it be treated or prevented?
Hallux Valgus 101
Bunions form due to pressure on the two joints of the big toe. This toe becomes angled unnaturally inward and the bunion is the resulting deformity of the bone. Contrary to popular belief, they are not tumors or cysts. Bunions can present with pain, swelling, and increasingly limited range of motion.
Experts are divided on the cause of bunions: some believe that they are genetic, while others place the blame on years of wearing shoes that crowd the toes. In either case, shoes are thought to worsen hallux valgus deformities over time if they put pressure on the toes or contort the feet into abnormal positions. Since women's footwear is generally more narrow and confining than men's, bunions occur more often in them. While arthritis does not necessarily cause bunions, the joint inflammation can worsen them.
Your podiatrist will likely recommend nonÂsurgical options first. You should ensure that your shoes are comfortable and fit properly. Specialty shoe store employees can take measurements of your foot and recommend the best size. Shoe inserts or arch supports can be used to redistribute your weight and relax the muscles. For pain, overÂtheÂcounter analgesics like ibuprofen or naproxen are recommended.
If you continue you to have problems, surgery to remove some of the bone or surrounding tissue to straighten the foot back into position. A change in the shape of your foot or the way your shoes fit warrants a call to your podiatrist for evaluation.