Bunions cause a lot of pain and discomfort for anyone who has them. Unfortunately, bunions will not go away on their own or with over-the-counter remedies. The best way to obtain long-term relief from bunions is to seek medical treatment from an experienced podiatrist. Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, your Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington and Clinton, MD podiatrists, offer treatment options for bunions.
What Are Bunions?
A bunion is a bony bump that protrudes on the side of the foot just below the big toe. Bunions develop when the big toe moves out of place. The joint at the base of the big toe becomes inflamed and irritated and ultimately begins to protrude. Footwear often irritates bunions further by rubbing against them and causing friction. Constant irritation can cause bunions to protrude further, leading to even more inflammation and irritation. Consequently, a simple activity like walking can become difficult and painful.
Bunions will not go away on their own and require treatment by your Silver Spring podiatrist. Bunions can be treated in two ways. First, the pain and pressure caused by the constant rubbing against footwear can be alleviated through a variety of methods. Second, there are various measures that can be taken to prevent the bunion from growing and protruding any further. Treatment options for bunions include:
- Inserting protective padding inside footwear to reduce friction and rubbing.
- Wearing footwear with extra room in the bunion area to prevent rubbing.
- Using orthotics to stabilize the inflamed toe joint and correct the foot’s positioning when walking.
- Performing foot exercises to improve joint functioning and prevent stiffness.
- Wearing splints while sleeping to help realign the affected toe and joint.
- Removing any calluses or corns on the foot.
- Undergoing a surgical procedure to remove the bunion and correct toe alignment.
Bunions are uncomfortable and can make it extremely difficult to perform routine tasks, such as walking. The best way to treat bunions is to see a podiatrist who can recommend the right treatment for you. To schedule an appointment with an experienced podiatrist in Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington and Clinton, MD, contact the Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland.