How our podiatrists can resolve your bunion pain
Initially, most people don’t realize that they have a bunion (i.e. a bony deformity that usually forms on the joint at the base of the big toe). This is because the protrusion appears gradually over time, and only really becomes obvious once it has become quite large or has started to cause pain and discomfort. The goal of our Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, and Dr. Adam Lowy, is to provide you with the care and lifestyle modifications that you need to reduce bunion pain and inflammation.
Here are just some of the conservative measures you can follow to control bunion symptoms and prevent the deformity from progressing,
Choose the Right Shoes
It’s important that you wear shoes that allow your toes plenty of space to move around, for if toes are tightly bunched together it could aggravate your bunion. You should avoid high heels for this reason.
Wearing Protective Padding
Sometimes, even the best shoes can rub against a bunion and cause a callus to form. To prevent this friction from happening, you may choose to apply a non-medicated bunion pad over the area prior to putting on shoes.
Consider Shoe Inserts
If you are dealing with a bunion or other biomechanical issues in your feet our Silver Spring, MD, foot doctors can create customized orthotics (shoe inserts) that will redistribute the weight throughout your foot, take pressure off the bunion, and provide your feet with additional cushioning and support to reduce pain and achiness.
Use an Ice Pack
When pain and swelling rear their ugly heads, it’s time to find a strategy to fight back. One way to do this is by applying an ice pack to the inflamed bunion. In as little as 10-15 minutes, you should experience relief. Just remember to never apply ice directly to the skin, as this can cause burns.
In most cases, simple at-home care is all that’s needed to get your bunion symptoms under control and to prevent the deformity from getting worse; however, if your symptoms aren’t responding to these measures, you should turn to a foot specialist who can provide you with more aggressive treatment options.
Need Relief? Give Us a Call!
If you think that you may be dealing with a bunion, schedule an evaluation today with one of the podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. We provide comprehensive foot and ankle care to the Silver Spring, Olney, Camp Springs, Clinton, and Kensington, MD, areas.