Treatments for Painful Bunions

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Bunions are a very common foot problem that usually affects the big toe joint. As the big toe is pushed over by tight-fitting shoes and hereditary factors, a large bump will form on the top or side of the joint eventually causing pain and discomfort. Bunions will probably worsen over time and may create chronic pain. Improperly fitted shoes can also cause problems with corns and blisters that may form on or near the bunion bump.

 Treatment for Bunions

Bunions do not really get any better by themselves over time because you actually have a bone deformity that is likely to progress and become more painful. Your foot doctor can help release some of the pressure on this process and postpone the need for surgery.

 Conservative treatments for bunions include:

●     Braces and splints - These products are worn while sleeping and will put outward pressure on the big toe and help it to straighten out.

●     Orthotic inserts - Specially made orthotic shoe inserts will help to separate the toes and stabilize the joints.

●     Physical therapy exercises - Stiffness in the toe joints can be lessened with stretching exercises. Increasing strength and flexibility in the joints will also minimize complications from arthritis or bursitis.

●     The right shoes - Always use comfortable and supportive shoes that have sufficient room in the toe box. This gives your toes the needed room to move and creates enough space for supports and inserts.

 If you are experiencing complications with painful bunions, see your foot doctor for relief. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.