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FAQs about Bunions
By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
January 23, 2020
Category: Podiatrist
Tags: Bunions  

Bunion pain can completely disrupt your life, making walking, exercising and participating in other everyday activities a little challenging. BunionsssFortunately, your podiatrists, Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank, and Adam Lowy, offer treatments that can improve your mobility and reduce your pain. Their offices are conveniently located in Camp Springs/Clinton, Olney, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD.

 

What are bunions?

Bunions are bony bumps that form at the base of your big toe when the joint becomes enlarged and misaligned. In addition to the bony bump, you may also notice that your big toe leans toward your other toes and may even rub against them.

 

What causes bunions?

You may be more likely to develop bunions if:

  • You wear high heels or narrow or tight shoes often.
  • You have rheumatoid arthritis.
  • You have a foot deformity or injured your foot.
  • You inherited a foot imbalance.
  • Other members of your family have bunions.
  • One of your legs is longer than the other.

 

What can I do about bunion pain?

A visit to your Camp Springs/Clinton, Olney, Silver Spring, or Kensington foot doctor is an important step if you suffer from bunions. Your podiatrist can recommend a variety of treatments and devices that will decrease your pain and slow the progression of your bunion.

Improving the alignment of your foot with night splints, taping and prescription shoe inserts called orthotics can increase your comfort and make walking and standing less painful. Choosing wide, comfortable shoes with ample cushioning and support will also be helpful. Cortisone injections may be recommended if ice and over-the-counter pain medications don't relieve your pain and inflammation.

Although these treatments and strategies can be very helpful, surgery is the only way to remove bunions. During surgery, your podiatrist removes excess bone and inflamed tissue and realigns your joint, eliminating your bunion.

Has bunion pain changed your life? Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank, and Adam Lowy, can help you finally find relief from your painful symptoms. Schedule an appointment by calling (301) 868-7670 for the Camp Springs/Clinton office, (301) 924-5044 for the Olney office, (301) 439-0300 for the Silver Spring office, or (301) 942-8110 for the Kensington office.

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