Have you been wearing high heels too long, or has age, weight and heredity caught up with your feet? Whatever the reason, bunions are no joke. Medically termed hallux vulgus, these sore, inflamed protrusions located at the base of the big toe impact gait, comfort, appearance and more. Your podiatrist in Avon, CT, Dr. Richard Grayson, treats bunions in minimally invasive ways but also performs bunion surgeries. Learn more about the foot deformity which affects millions of individuals worldwide.
What is a bunion?
It's a bony bump at the base of the big toe. As it becomes inflamed, red and painful, a bunion can deform the foot, turning the big toe inward toward the second and even third toe. Also, bunions stretch and deform important supportive ligaments and cause painful problems such as hammertoes.
Treating bunions in Avon
When a patient exhibits symptoms of bunions, Dr. Grayson performs a complete podiatric examination at Avon Podiatric Associates. Also, he takes X-rays to visualize accurately the foot structure and possible deformity. If he confirms a bunion, he individualizes treatment to the patient's lifestyle, overall health and severity of the problem.
Many bunions are treated in the office and at home. Rest, ice and customized shoe inserts (orthotics) often relieve the pressure and pain associated with bunions as do anti-inflammatory medications. Most basic to bunion treatment is wearing sensible shoes with low heels, quality construction and ample room for the toes.
For more severe cases, Dr. Grayson, a board-certified podiatric surgeon, may advise bunionectomy, or removal of the bony prominence from the foot. Also called a head procedure, this bunion surgery realigns the big toe joint, pinning it into a more favorable position. A base procedure works on the area directly behind the big toe joint, and some patients benefit from a complete fusion of the joint. Depending on the surgery, patients experience varying amounts of sutures, padded casts and limited mobility while the sites heal.
Can you be helped?
At Avon Podiatry Associates, Dr. Grayson and his team dedicate their efforts toward the healthy function of the feet and ankles. If you suspect you have a bunion, they definitely can help you walk free of pain once again. Please contact the office for a consultation in Avon, CT: (860) 677-7733.