Do you fondly remember the days when you could walk without pain? When you have a bunion, many things you used to take for granted become much more difficult. The podiatrists at Podiatry Associates in Whitby, Mississauga, Brantford, and Toronto, ON, offer treatments that can help ease your bunion pain.
What can I do at home to relieve my pain?
Making a few lifestyle changes may help reduce your pain and slow the progression of your bunions. If you've continued to wear tight shoes or high heels despite your bunions, it's time for a shopping excursion. Look for well-padded shoes that offer ample room in the toe box area.
Adhesive pads cushion your aching foot, reducing pressure and friction from your shoes. Apply them to your bunion and also to your toes if your big toe overlaps your second and third toes.
It may also be necessary to make a few changes to your usual routine. Although exercise is an important part of good health, you may need to temporarily alter your usual routine. Avoiding activities that involve running, walking or jumping is a simple way to decrease pain. You may also be more comfortable if you limit the amount of time you spend standing or walking during the day.
How can my Whitby, Mississauga, Brantford, and Toronto, ON, foot doctor help me?
Your podiatrist can offer treatments and devices that can decrease your pain, including corticosteroid shots, night splints and orthotics. Night splints help realign your foot while you sleep, while orthotics do the same thing when you wear shoes. Orthotics are custom-created for you by your foot doctor to address your unique foot issues. If your bunion interferes with your life or causes severe pain, surgery may be the best option. During surgery, your foo doctor removes the bump, realigns the bone, removes excess tissue, and repairs tendons and ligaments, if necessary.
Find real relief for your bunion pain with a visit to the podiatrists at Podiatry Associates. Schedule an appointment by calling (416) 694-4166 for the Toronto, ON, office, (905) 433-0200 for the Whitby office, (905) 568-3800 for the Mississauga office, or (519) 751-2900 for the Brantford office.
Find out how your East Toronto, Whitby, Mississauga and Brantford podiatrists can help you with your heel pain
The podiatrists at Podiatry Associates in East Toronto, Whitby, Mississauga and Brantford, ON, are equipped with years of experience and knowledge of how to:
- examine your feet
- prescribe the proper course of treatment
- create a custom plan according to your needs
This is especially necessary when it comes to resolving issues and problems, like heel pain.
Heel Pain Causes
The heel is the largest bone in your foot. Heel pain is a result of the foot's fascia, a connective tissue that extends from the heel of the foot to the toes, becoming irritated or inflamed. Heel pain is also a result of heel spurs, a growth on the bone that may be painless in many cases but may also result in:
- chronic pain, which is any pain that lasts more than three months and reoccurs intermittently
- arthritis, which is swelling of cartilage and lining in joints
- gout, which is the buildup of uric acid salts, a normal byproduct of the diet, in the joints
Other disorders which may also lead to heel pain include:
- Nerve injuries
- Collagen disorders
- Heel bone abnormalities
Heel Pain Treatment
There are invasive surgical treatments to get rid of heel pain, such as the removal of connective tissue and heel spurs, but before going down that road, consider wearing comfortable shoes made of soft rubber, stretching your feet out daily, and avoiding rigorous sports and exercises.
For more information regarding your heel pain, contact the doctors of Podiatry Associates. Their office is conveniently located in East Toronto, Whitby, Mississauga and Brantford, ON, for when you're ready to schedule an appointment with them.
Could your foot problems be due to a bunion? Help is on the way!
A bunion is a fairly common foot ailment; however, just because you have one doesn’t mean that you have to just put up with the pain and discomfort. Learn more about this condition and how your podiatrist may be able to help provide the relief you’ve been looking for.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a bony bump that originates at a toe’s joint. While any toe can be affected, bunions are most often found at the base of the big toe.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms of a bunion are:
- A large, hard protrusion at the base of the big toe
- Localized pain and swelling
- Soreness and redness around the affected toe
- Difficulty moving the big toe
What causes a bunion to form?
A bunion forms when weight isn’t distributed evenly on the joints of the feet. Over time this causes the joint to become unstable and form a hard lump. A bunion may be the result of a congenital foot deformity, a past injury or arthritis. There is also a debate as to whether wearing tight, high-heeled shoes could also cause a bunion to form.
What treatment options are available to me?
There are many conservative options that you can try to help alleviate your bunion symptoms. Some of the most common options include:
- Wearing shoe inserts or custom orthotics (which your podiatrist can prescribe for you)
- Only wearing shoes that fit comfortably and give your toes room to move
- Splinting or taping the foot so it’s in the proper position
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like Tylenol or Aleve
- Taking prescription medication or cortisone injections may also reduce pain and swelling, particularly if symptoms are more severe
- Applying a wrapped ice pack to the bunion to reduce swelling and discomfort
Can a bunion be removed?
While the treatment options above are designed to reduce and even eliminate the pain you are experiencing, they are not designed to remove or get rid of the bunion. The only way to truly get rid of a bunion is to have it surgically removed, and surgery is not often recommended until you have exhausted all other treatment options and still haven’t experienced any relief.
Will a bunion get worse if left untreated?
Bunions are known to increase over time, but it will be hard to predict when a bunion will get larger. When you come in to see your foot doctor we may be able to determine just how large your bunion may become over time.
Contact your Podiatrist
A bunion doesn’t have to rule your life. Turn to your podiatrist to find the answers you need to treat your bunion symptoms effectively.
Here is a link to an interview back in early December last year with Rogers Television on the difficult subject of ensuring adequate foot care is being provided those living in sheltered or supervised accomodation. Unfortunately sometimes we are presented with patients in our clinics showing clear indications of poor hygene and neglect. As unpleasent as the prospect might be!, drawing the attention of the care providers, either institutional or familial is enough to perminently correct the situation.
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