Posts for tag: Bunions
A bunion is a bony protrusion that changes the shape of the front half of the foot. If it forms on one foot, the problem will most likely happen on the other as well. Unfortunately, many people don’t have this foot deformity corrected soon after it begins to appear. No matter the stage of bunion formation, treatments are available at New England Podiatry in Chestnut Hill and Newton-Wellesley, MA, and serving patients in Boston, Metro West and North and South Shores, to help patients get relief.
How Bunions Form
Bunions often hurt due to wearing tight, ill-fitting shoes. For example, some pointed-toe shoes crush the toes into a triangular shape over time, causing the bone on the side of the foot to push outward. Some patients have a family history of foot bunions because of the way their feet are structured. A bunion deformity may also be present at birth, which is why some school children have this foot issue. Patients who have arthritis and other degenerative conditions may struggle with this problem.
Patients are often inspired to seek treatment for bunions because of the way they make the feet look. The deformity looks like an unusual growth on the foot, which can be embarrassing when wearing sandals and similar open-toed shoes. You may also have a problem trying on new shoes when you have a bunion. Additionally, because the bunion causes the toes to press together, the big toe often lays on top of the other four. People who have bunions may also develop hammertoes, which can also be treated by our podiatrists.
Bunions: How They Are Treated
Treating a moderate to severe case of a bunion requires time and patience. In many cases, the toe bone can be trained back to its proper alignment using splinting, foot wrapping and other therapies. Padding placed between the toes can also help. Your podiatrist may prescribe rest and activity changes. A foot surgery called a bunionectomy may be the only viable solution in an advanced case of bunions.
Life Without Bunions
If you’ve been plagued with bunions for much of your life, it’s comforting to know that there’s a solution available at New England Podiatry. Call today to schedule an appointment to discuss the ways a podiatrist can help your feet.
A few of the most common foot issues that podiatrists treat are bunions, toenail fungus and heel pain. These conditions are often embarrassing to deal with and can make it difficult to walk, exercise or complete your daily activities. If you have one or more of these foot issues, learn more about how a doctor at New England Podiatry in the Boston, MA area can help.
A bunion develops when the big toe is constantly forced toward the other toes. The bone on the inside of the foot begins to project outward, causing a lump to form. Sometimes, this problem can be resolved by simply changing your shoe wear. Custom orthotics must be made to try to realign the foot. Ice therapy can reduce inflammation. In serious cases, a bunion can be surgically corrected with a procedure called a bunionectomy.
Many patients think that toenail fungus is just an inconvenience, but if it’s not treated it can develop into a problem that makes it difficult to walk and workout normally. Fungus forms around and under the bed of the toenail—it can cause the toenail to peel and crack. Luckily, this toe problem can be treated with the PinPointe Laser.
Pain in the heel is commonly related to a condition called plantar fasciitis. It’s an inflammation of the plantar fascia that extends from the toe to the heel. This can cause heel spurs (calcium growths) to form. This is a painful problem that can now be treated with a modern outpatient procedure called Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy. Many patients are back to work after just a week. Non-surgical remedies include orthotics, cortisone injections, physical therapy and shockwave therapy.
Getting Help with Your Foot Issues
No matter your foot issue, a podiatrist at New England Podiatry in the Boston, MA area can help. Call today to schedule an examination and talk about your treatment options.