Treatment Options For Bunions
By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
October 27, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Are you looking for an effective solution for your bunion pain? Dr. Arthur Kaplan, your Port Washington, NY foot doctor, discusses what bunionsyou can do to relieve bunion pain.

Why do I have bunion pain?

Bunions, those hard bumps that form at the base of your big toe, develop when the bones in your foot move out of alignment. The problem can occur if you frequently wear high heels or tight shoes, or have arthritis or an inherited foot defect. Bunions can cause significant pain and numbness at the base of your big toe and can even make it difficult to move the toe. When bunion pain interferes with your life, it's a good idea to talk to your podiatrist about treatment options.

What types of treatment in Port Washington reduce bunion pain?

Simple remedies can make a big difference in bunion pain. Pads applied to bunions cushion them and prevent them from rubbing painfully against the sides and top of shoes. Toe separators can help reduce corns and calluses caused when your big toe leans toward your other toes and rubs against them.

Since bunion pain is caused by a misalignment of the bones in your foot, you may experience relief by using splints or tape to improve the position of your foot. When you visit your foot doctor, he can show you how to properly apply these products for maximum comfort. Orthotics, custom-made shoe inserts that support your foot, can also be helpful.

These treatments may be all you need to manage your pain, but if your symptoms don't improve, your foot doctor may recommend bunion surgery. Surgery is used to reposition and realign the bones in your foot. Pins or screws may be needed to keep your newly aligned bones from moving. Surgery not only eliminates your bunion bump, but also reduces pain. During surgery, your doctor may also remove extra tissue and small sections of bone.

Don't let bunion pain prevent you from enjoying your favorite activities! Call Dr. Kaplan, your Port Washington, NY foot doctor, at (516) 883-8313 to schedule an appointment to discuss your foot pain.

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