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By Avon Podiatry Associates
January 25, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Surgery  

If you suffer from bunions and are considering bunion surgery in Avon, CT, Dr. Richard Grayson of Avon Podiatry Associates can provide the care and treatment you need.

What Are Bunions?

In simple terms, a bunion is a bony lump on the outside of the toe, which is normally swollen and red. Typically, they develop on the outside of the big toe, but they might also form on the little toe.

Bunions can be uncomfortable and painful, making it difficult to wear shoes. It might also lead to numbness in the toe, trouble bending the toe, or the development of corns and calluses. Having bunions leads to the risk of more serious issues, such as bursitis, osteoarthritis, and bone spurs.

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions often form simply due to the structure of your feet or from pressure when walking. They might also develop if you stand for long periods – especially in improperly-fitting shoes. Foot injuries or conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis can increase the chance of developing bunions.

Treatment of Bunions

There are a few non-surgical ways to manage bunion pain and discomfort, which include changing shoes, using orthotic devices, physical therapy exercises, anti-inflammatory medications, and steroid injections.

However, when these methods don’t relieve the pain or it becomes too difficult to walk, surgery is usually recommended. There are three types of surgery to address bunions.

  • Osteotomy: During this procedure, the surgeon makes incisions in the bone, and then puts in pins or screws to help realign the toe.
  • Exostectomy: With an exostectomy, the bunion is shaved off. Many times, an exostectomy and osteotomy are done together for better results.
  • Arthrodesis: If arthritis is the cause of your bunions, arthrodesis is used to remove the arthritic sections of the toe.


After bunion surgery in Avon, CT, there are some steps you’ll have to take so that you can heal properly.

  • Keep the surgical site clean and dry – You’ll need to keep your bandages changed regularly and be careful when bathing.
  • Stay off your toe – It’s important that you don't put any unnecessary pressure on the toe that has been operated on. You will need someone to drive you home and help you out around the house for at least a couple of weeks.
  • Elevate it – Keep your foot propped up as much as possible.

Dr. Grayson will inform you of any additional instructions you need to follow.

If you are in need of bunion treatment or bunion surgery in Avon, CT, make an appointment with Dr. Grayson of Avon Podiatry Associates by calling (860) 677-7733.

By Avon Podiatry Associates
February 16, 2021
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

How your foot doctor in Avon, CT, can help you get relief from bunion pain

If you’ve ever had a bunion, you already know how much it hurts! Bunions can make it difficult and painful to put on shoes, walk around, and even stand on your feet. The good news is your foot doctor can help you get relief from bunion pain.

Dr. Richard Grayson at Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT, offers a wide range of foot care services, including bunion treatment, to help you and your feet feel better.

Bunions can be caused by wearing shoes that are too narrow, causing your toes to crush together. Your big toe bends, and the toe joint is thrust outward, so it rubs against the inside of your shoe. Eventually, a bunion may form.

Bunions can be small and not cause any pain. They can also become a large, hard, painful bump that is impossible to ignore.

If your bunion is small, you can try some at-home remedies which may help. Remember to:

  • Place ice packs on the bunion several times each day
  • Wear inserts or pads in your shoes
  • Take over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication

If you are suffering from a large, painful bunion, you need the help of an expert, your foot doctor. Your podiatrist will do a thorough examination of your foot, including x-rays to find out the level of bone involvement. Some of the common professional treatments for bunions include:

  • Corn and callus removal to reduce friction on the bunion
  • Stretching and physical therapy to maintain flexibility
  • Custom orthotics, splints, or other methods to help stabilize and align your foot

For large, painful bunions, your foot doctor might recommend bunion surgery, known as a bunionectomy. Typically bunion surgery is performed on an outpatient basis.

To read more details on bunion surgery and how it can help you, please visit the Bunion Surgery section on the website at

To find out more about bunion treatment and other foot care services, call Dr. Richard Grayson of Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT, at (860) 677-7733. Call now!

By Avon Podiatry Associates
March 27, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions   Foot Surgery  

Wondering if it’s time to consider getting a bunionectomy?

Most of the time people with bunions don’t deal with symptoms or the symptoms are so mild that they don’t have to ever consider surgery. However, there are certain situations where bunion surgery may be recommended by our podiatrist, Dr. Richard Grayson. Read on to learn whether you may benefit from getting bunion surgery from Dr. Grayson's Avon, CT, office!Bunion Surgery Treatment


What is a bunion and what are its symptoms?

Also referred to as a hallux valgus, this deformity often affects the joint at the base of the big toe, causing a bony bump to stick out at the edge of the foot.

A bunion appears gradually, so you may have the condition for a while before even noticing any symptoms until they've become painfully obvious. Common symptoms and bunion signs include,

  • A bony protrusion that gets progressively larger
  • Swelling or redness around the joint
  • Pain or stiffness

Sometimes if shoes rub against this deformity it can also cause a callus to form on the bunion.


How are bunions typically treated?

Most of the time, bunions can be managed with simple conservative care. First and foremost, it is necessary that you wear the proper shoes to prevent the deformity from getting worse. Make sure that your shoes have a large enough toe bed that they aren’t pushed together (they should be able to wiggle around freely). Other ways to manage your bunion symptoms include,

  • Icing the bunion for 10-15 minutes at a time
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Splinting or bracing the foot
  • Stretching and strengthening foot exercises
  • Placing custom orthotics into your shoes for additional support
  • Placing a bunion pad over the area to prevent friction when wearing shoes


When should I consider surgery?

It may be time to talk to our Avon podiatrist about surgery if,

  • The pain and swelling is severe and persistent
  • Your symptoms are affecting your quality of life
  • You have limited range of motion in your feet
  • Your symptoms make it difficult to walk
  • The deformity is very large and is affecting your ability to wear shoes


If you are dealing with severe or persistent bunion pain/swelling, then it’s time to find out what our podiatry team can do to get your symptoms under control. Call Avon Podiatry Associates at (860) 677-7733 to schedule an appointment with us!

By Avon Podiatry Associates
December 20, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

Have you been wearing high heels too long, or has age, weight and heredity caught up with your feet? Whatever the reason, bunions are bunionsno 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.

By Avon Podiatry Associates
February 24, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

Don’t let bunion pain ruin your favorite activities. Combat your symptoms now!bunions

For those whose bunions give them regular pain and discomfort, this post is for you! If you are sick and tired of catering to your bunion or changing up your routine to prevent it from rearing its ugly head, then it’s time you sought the advice of our Avon, CT, podiatrist Dr. Richard Grayson.

While surgery is the only way to actually correct a bunion, it isn’t always the best course of action for most. In fact, there are many non-invasive and more conservative methods for managing symptoms. The overall goals of bunion treatment are to alleviate pain and pressure, as well as to prevent the bunion from getting worse.

Common treatment options to consider include,

  • Icing the sore, achy joint several times a day for 15-20 minutes at a time
  • Using warm foot soaks if ice doesn’t seem to ease symptoms
  • Changing the types of shoes you wear. Only wear shoes with a wide toe box that won’t put pressure on the bunion.
  • Wearing a splint at night to help realign the joint and toe (to reduce morning pain and stiffness)
  • Talking to our Avon, CT, foot doctor about whether getting custom orthotics will provide the stabilization and comfort your joint needs to improve walking and standing

Try these treatments first and see if they provide you with the relief you need. If you find that pain continues to persist or gets worse, despite months of trying to manage your symptoms, then it’s time to come in for a consultation. During this consultation, we can determine the severity of your misalignment and help create a treatment plan that will better control your pain and inflammation. Bunion surgery (also known as a bunionectomy) will be considered if bunion pain is severe or lasts for well over a year without relief.

If bunion pain has gotten the better of you and you are ready to find out how a medical professional can help, then why not turn to the experts at Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT? We are ready to help you get your bunion pain under control once and for all.

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