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Many people can easily manage their bunion symptoms and slow the progression of this common foot deformity through simple lifestyle changes. There are several approaches you can take to reduce bunion pain including,
- Maintain a healthy weight or lose excess weight, which can take pressure off the feet
- Wear shoes that don’t put pressure on the bunion, that provide ample support, and that have lots of room for your toes
- Look for shoes that have a low heel (high heels can make bunions worse)
- Apply a gel or protective pad to the bunion before putting on shoes
- Talk to your podiatrist about the benefits of custom orthotics (aka shoe inserts) and how they could take pressure off the bunion when standing or in motion
- Take pain relievers, whether over-the-counter or prescribed by your doctor
- Warm or cold therapy such as warm soaks or applying ice can also improve swelling, inflammation, and pain (some people prefer the heat to the cold and vice versa; it’s a matter of preference. Try both and see what works best for you!)
- Talk with your podiatrist to see if a night splint could ease morning stiffness and pain
Of course, there are certain scenarios in which a podiatrist may recommend getting surgery to correct the bunion. Here’s when you may want to consider getting surgery,
- You are in significant and chronic pain
- Your bunion is severely enlarged, and the big toe is crossing over the other toes
- Your activities are limited due to your bunion
- Your bunion pain persists for more than a year
- Nonsurgical methods aren’t completely controlling your bunion pain
- You are developing other foot problems such as bursitis or hammertoes due to your bunion
So, one of our Columbus, OH, podiatrists just told you that you have a bunion. Now what? The good news is that if this problem was detected early on it can be managed through home care and simple lifestyle modifications. Our goal here at Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group is to manage your foot pain and to prevent the bunion from getting worse. Here’s what you can to treat your bunion,
Try an OTC Pain Reliever
If you are dealing with a bout of bunion pain then you may be looking for a simple, effective way to, at the very least, temporarily quell the pain. In this case, it won’t hurt to take a simple non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) such as ibuprofen. This type of medication won’t just alleviate pain but also reduce swelling. While you won’t want to take this medication every day or for any long period of time, it is a great way to provide relief when your bunions are really acting up.
Exercise Your Feet
Don’t ignore the importance of foot exercises for improving the health of your feet even with a bunion. Sure, it won’t get rid of a bunion, but exercises can keep your feet limber and strong to prevent the problem from getting worse. There are tons of exercises out there that are geared to those with bunions, but feel free to ask our Columbus, OH, foot doctors to show you different exercises that could help you.
Say Goodbye to Improper Footwear
One of the most important steps you can take to prevent your bunion from getting worse is to avoid any and all shoes that could agitate the problem and make it worse. This means getting rid of shoes with a pointed toe, shoes that bunch up your toes or put pressure on the bunion, shoes with a heel that’s higher than 2 inches, and any old, worn-out shoes. When it comes to shopping for new shoes, ask someone in the store to measure your feet to ensure that you get shoes that don’t just provide you with support and cushioning but also fit your feet perfectly from the start.
Have questions about bunion exercises to alleviate pain or want to know how to manage your bunion symptoms? If so, the team at Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group can provide you with the bunion care you need at their Columbus or Dublin, OH, office. Looking for a podiatrist? Then call us today. For North High Street in Columbus, phone (614) 267-8387. In Dublin, call (614) 761-1466, and on Briggs Road in Columbus, reach us at (614) 272-2313.
Don’t let foot pain tell you how to live your life.
You want to go for a walk, but your bunion is telling you no. You need to run errands, but your bunion is already in pain. Dealing with bunion pain can be tough, but our Columbus, OH, podiatrists can work with you to find ways to help manage your pain and slow the progression of this common foot deformity.
Here are some simple solutions that you can apply to your daily routine to prevent bunion pain,
Wear the Right Shoes
Only wear shoes that fit your feet. This might sound obvious, but many people still wear shoes that are too old, worn, tight or poorly fitted to their feet. These shoes will only aggravate your bunion. Avoid high heels, pointed toes and any shoes that crunch up the toes. If you can’t wiggle your toes around in your shoes, then they are too tight.
Support Your Feet with Inserts
Consider getting prescription orthotics (custom shoe inserts) from our podiatrist here in Columbus, OH. Since bunions can throw off the biomechanics of the feet, orthotics can help to evenly redistribute the weight throughout the feet whenever you stand and walk. This simple podiatric device can take added pressure off the bunion and help make activities easier.
Talk with your podiatrist about whether you could benefit from a night splint. Your doctor will be able to show you how to correctly use this device, which can realign the deformed joint of the big toe to alleviate morning pain, stiffness and swelling. While the splint will not correct the deformity, it will help ease any pain you experience by temporarily realigning the joint while you sleep.
Strengthen Your Feet with Simple Exercises
There are a variety of foot exercises that you can perform throughout the day at your convenience. It’s particularly important to strengthen and retrain the muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissue in the body to help provide your feet with proper support. Here are some simple exercises you can do to improve foot mobility while reducing bunion pain.
With two offices in Columbus and one in Dublin, OH, the podiatrists at Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group make it easy for patients to get professional and attentive foot and ankle care when they need it.
Even during coronavirus, we may all be staying home but we still offer in-office and telehealth appointments to help our patients. To schedule an appointment or telemedicine visit call (614) 267-8387 for the Clintonville office; (614) 761-1466 for the Dublin location; and (614) 272-2313 for the Southwest Columbus location.
Dealing with a bunion? A bunion is a misalignment of the big toe joint which causes the big toe to deviate. Bunions sometimes run in families. Bunions can also be caused by wearing shoes that are too narrow or high heeled. Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group, which has offices in Clintonville, Dublin, and Southwest Columbus, OH, offers a complete range of podiatric services to the patients they serve. Here's how a podiatrist can help with bunions.
Medicine. Painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol may ease any pain. If over-the-counter painkillers aren't working to ease your pain, your podiatrist may recommend a prescription medication. Antibiotics may also be needed if the skin and tissues over the deformity become infected.
Padding. Your podiatrist in Columbus, OH, may recommend bunion pads to treat your bunion. Bunion pads are typically made of skin, mole, felt, or gel and are thin enough to fit comfortably in your shoes. Pads placed over the areas of the bunion will ease painful shoe pressure and friction and allow you to continue an active life. Padding will also prevent bunions from getting worse.
Orthotics. Your podiatrist may recommend custom-made orthotics to help position your feet correctly as they strike the ground. Orthotics are shoe inserts or footbeds that are inserted into shoes. Research has shown that orthotics can improve joint function, ease bunion pain, and prevent progression of bunions. Podiatrists offer different custom-made orthotics to fit your needs.
Steroid Injections. Steroid injections, or cortisone injections, can relieve your pain temporarily by reducing inflammation. The steroid injections include a corticosteroid medication and local anesthetic. Steroid injections allow podiatrists to deliver a high dose of medication to the problem area.
Bunion Surgery. Generally, if your bunions aren't painful, you don't need surgery. If conservative measures fail and you still have pain that interferes with your daily activities, you may need bunion surgery. numerous surgical procedures for bunions are performed to treat bunions. The aim of surgery is to correct the deformity and eliminate discomfort.
Say hello to healthy and happy feet! For fast relief from bunion pain, call Clintonville/Dublin Foot & Ankle Group's offices to schedule an appointment- Clintonville, OH at (614) 267-8387; (614) 761-1466 in Dublin, OH; (614) 272-2313 for Southwest Columbus, OH. Our bunion treatments will do and your feet a world of good!