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How your podiatrist in Avon, CT, can help with bunion pain
Bunions aren’t just annoying; they can be painful too. They are a common foot problem, especially for women. In fact, over half of the women in the United States have had a bunion at some point, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
The good news is, your podiatrist can help. Dr. Richard Grayson at Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT, offers comprehensive footcare, including treatment options for bunions.
A bunion looks like a large bony bump on the side of your big toe. Bunions can be caused by a bone deformity, and wearing shoes that are too narrow. Shoes without enough room for your toes cause the toes to crush together. The big toe joint bends outward and rubs against the inside of your shoe. The friction causes irritation, inflammation, and eventually, a bunion.
You can do a lot to prevent bunions by wearing supportive, comfortable shoes with plenty of room for your toes. If you do get a bunion, you can try some simple therapies to get relief. Consider:
- Applying ice to the bunion for 15 minutes several times during the day to reduce swelling
- Wearing inserts or pads inside your shoes to cushion the bunion
- Taping your toe and the bunion to add support
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling and pain
For large, painful bunions, you need the services of your podiatrist. At Avon Podiatry Associates, your podiatrist may recommend:
- Removing corns and calluses on your foot to reduce friction
- Physical therapy and exercises to maintain flexibility
- Custom-fit orthotics or night splints to maintain stability and proper alignment
- Surgery to remove the bunion and straighten your toe
Get relief from bunion pain by calling Dr. Richard J. Grayson of Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT, at (860) 677-7733. Call today!
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!
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!
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.
Don’t let bunion pain ruin your favorite activities. Combat your symptoms now!
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.
A bunion is an abnormal, bony prominence that develops on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the big toe joint becomes enlarged, it forces the toe to crowd against your other toes, and the pressure exerted on your big toe joint results in inflammation and pain. Early treatment is necessary to decrease the risk of developing joint deformities.
Bunions develop due to prolonged abnormal pressure or motion on your big toe joint, most often caused by inherited structural defects, poor-fitting shoes, foot injuries, or congenital deformities. Women are generally more prone to bunions because of the shoe types typically worn, such as high-heels and narrow-toed shoes.
Bunion pain can range from mild to severe, often making it difficult to wear shoes and perform normal activities. You should contact our office if you notice the following symptoms:
- An enlarged, visible bulge on your big toe joint
- Restricted movement of your big toe or foot that prevents you from performing normal activities
- Irritation, corns or calluses caused by the overlap of the first and second toes
- Frequent pain, swelling or redness around your big toe joint
Treatment For a Bunion
Treatment for a bunion will vary depending on its severity. Identifying the condition in its early stages is important to avoid surgery, with the main objective of early treatment being to relieve pressure and stop the progression of the deformity. Many times conservative treatments, such as padding, modified footwear or orthotic devices can be highly effective for preventing further growth and reducing the pressure and pain.
We recommend the following for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions:
- Wear comfortable shoes that don't cramp or irritate your toes and avoid high-heeled shoes
- Apply ice to reduce inflammation and pain
- Our podiatrists can show you how to apply padding to your foot to place it in its normal position and reduce stress on the bunion
When early treatments fail or the persistent pain associated with your bunion is interfering with your daily activities, a surgical procedure may be recommended as a last resort to realign the toe joint and alleviate the pressure. We can advise you on the best treatment options available to relieve pressure on the bunion and slow the progression of the joint deformity.