Posts for tag: Bunions
After finding out you have a bunion, your first question is likely going to be "How can this be treated?" Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin, your podiatrists in Sterling or Alexandria, VA, have many patients at Alexandria Family Podiatry who have asked the same question. Below, they've discussed some of the ways bunions are typically managed.
For mild to moderate bunions, your Sterling or Alexandria podiatrist often recommends wearing splints that can be purchased at most local drugstore chains. Splints hold the toe in a more natural position and gently stretch the soft tissues that have tightened in the area. These devices aren't meant to reverse the bunion, but help to stop it from worsening. Painful bunions often respond well to rest, analgesic medication, and consistent use of shoes that have plenty of room in the toe area. To protect the bunion further, cushioned pads can be applied to the area and worn inside the shoe.
If the solutions above don't provide relief from your bunion, your Sterling or Alexandria podiatrist may prescribe a custom-made orthotic device to be worn inside the shoe; like non-prescription splints, they help to reposition your joints, but with more exact pressure points and cushioning. You may also respond well to physical therapy exercises. A cortisone injection near the affected joint can also help to reduce inflammation and pain.
As with most conditions, surgical correction of bunions is considered a "last resort" if other methods of treatment haven't shown to relieve the problem. There are many different kinds of bunion surgery, but the basic process involves removing the bunion and straightening out the joint. Downtime is often extensive, but many patients see full relief from surgery if they follow the after-care instructions to the letter.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee or Dr. Lin, contact Alexandria Family Podiatry in either Sterling or Alexandria, VA, today!
What is that bony protrusion at the bottom of your big toe and is it a cause for concern?
It’s important that if you think you have a bunion that you seek care from our Alexandria and Sterling, VA, podiatrists, Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin, right away. “Why?” you might ask. Even though this bony deformity is fairly common it’s also progressive, meaning that it will continue to get worse and cause more problems for the sufferer if it isn’t cared for properly. Find out more about bunions and how to manage your symptoms when they arise.
Do you have bunions?
Take a look at your feet for a moment. Look more closely at your big toe, or more specifically, at the base of your big toe. If the joint at the very base of your large toe juts out further than it should or if your big toe is leaning inward toward your other toes then you may just be dealing with a bunion.
What are the symptoms of a bunion?
In a lot of situations, particularly in the very beginning stages, people don’t even know that they have a bunion. While you might be able to see it, you may not experience any pain, swelling or other issues. If you aren’t experiencing any problems and you are taking proper care of your feet then you may not even need to treat your bunion.
What if I’m dealing with pain or discomfort due to my bunion?
Of course, not everyone with bunions is symptom-less. If you are suffering from discomfort then our Alexandria and Sterling foot doctors are here to tell you what you can do to make sure that your bunion doesn’t get worse:
Wear proper footwear, particularly for your activity level. If you are an athlete make sure that you have athletic footwear that provides ample support and cushioning as well as shock absorption. Footwear should also give your toes enough room and should never put pressure on your bunion.
If your shoes aren’t giving you the sufficient amount of comfort you are looking for then talk to us about making prescription orthotics. These custom shoe inserts can be placed inside your shoes to make sure that there isn’t too much pressure being placed on your bunion. This can also offer comfort for those who walk or stand the majority of the day for work.
If you are ever having trouble treating your bunion symptoms on your own you know you can always turn to our Sterling and Alexandria, VA, foot specialists for the care you need to get back on your feet. Don’t let your bunion dictate your lifestyle. Call Alexandria Family Podiatry today.
Sooner or later, most of us develop a foot issue. Although many foot problems can be successfully treated at home, ingrown toenails and other conditions may require a visit to the foot doctor. Sterling and Alexandria, VA, podiatrists Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin share information on common foot issues.
Ingrown toenails occur when the sharp edge of nail begins to grow into the skin surrounding the nail. In the early stages, you may be able to free the trapped nail by soaking the foot in warm water and inserting a tiny piece of cotton under the nail. If you can't free the nail yourself, the edge of the nail can be removed during a minor procedure in our Sterling or Alexandria offices. If ingrown toenails occur frequently, removing the entire nail may be recommended.
You'll find no shortage of toenail fungus products in the foot care aisle of the drugstore. Unfortunately, these products aren't always effective because they can't reach the fungus present underneath the nail. Prescription topical or oral medications can be more effective. The newest option in toenail fungus treatment is laser light therapy. The light from the laser heats up the pigment in the fungus, killing it. Our practice was one of the first in the area to offer the innovative treatment.
If you wear high heels to work, you may be at increased risk of developing bunions. Bunions are painful bumps that form at the base of your big toes. The problem can also occur if you wear tight shoes, have a foot imbalance or have injured your foot. Switching to more comfortable shoes and splinting or taping your foot may decrease pain. If your bunions are very uncomfortable, surgery may be needed to realign your bones.
Plantar fasciitis causes pain in your heels due to an inflammation of the plantar fascia. The fascia is a band of tissue that connects your toes to your heel. Foot exercise, night splints and orthotics can reduce the pain in most cases. Although surgery isn't common, it may be needed if your symptoms are severe.
Are you concerned about ingrown toenails or another foot issue? Call Sterling and Alexandria, VA, podiatrists Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin at (708) 823-2357 to make an appointment.
Could bunions be responsible for your foot pain?
There are so many reasons that you could be experiencing foot pain, but if your discomfort is due to bunions then it’s time you visited our Sterling and Alexandria, VA podiatrists Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin to get the care you need. While bunions aren’t typically serious it’s important that you know how to care for your bunion to prevent the problem from getting worse.
What is a bunion?
Take a minute to look at your feet. You should be able to draw a relatively straight line from your heel to the tip of your big toe, but if you have a bunion then you may realize that the joint at the base of your big toe juts out quite a bit. You may even notice that the big toe leans inward toward the rest of your toes.
What are the symptoms of a bunion?
If you’re experiencing foot pain and you’ve noticed this bony lump near your big toe then you may certainly be dealing with a bunion. If this is the case, your next step is to visit one of our Sterling and Alexandria, VA foot doctors to make sure that you do in fact have a bunion. X-rays may also be used to determine whether a bunion is present. Through this thorough physical evaluation, we will be able to come up with a specialized treatment plan to help reduce your symptoms and make living with a bunion more manageable.
What are the treatment options for bunions?
The only way to remove a bunion is through surgery. Of course, the idea of surgery may have many people feeling a bit nervous but we are happy to report that the majority of people with bunions can happily manage their symptoms with simple self-care measures. Sure, you will still have your bunion but unless your bunion is causing you severe pain or affecting your physical activities surgery is a last resort.
Wearing proper footwear that gives your feet room to move (and doesn’t put pressure on your toes), wearing shoe inserts (also known as orthotics), icing or taking over-the-counter pain medications when you notice inflammation or pain, and applying bunion pads to protect your bunion while wearing shoes are all simple measures you can take to make sure your bunion symptoms are under control.
If you are experiencing symptoms that seem related to bunions or you are dealing with foot pain it’s time to turn to our doctors at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling and Alexandria, VA.