Which Bunion Treatment Is Right for Me?
posted: Dec. 29, 2017.
Bunions can be unsightly, uncomfortable, and disruptive to your everyday life. Bunions are a common problem with the big toe's first joint, and often associated with genetics, footwear that unnaturally crowds the toes, or a combination of the two. People with arthritis are also prone to developing bunions. Once your bunion has been diagnosed by Dr. Angelo Pace at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, VA, your treatment will be tailored to your needs. To learn more about the various bunion treatments available, read on.
Bunions that form due to arthritis often ache or throb. To combat this, your Alexandria podiatrist might suggest taking over-the-counter analgesics to help with the pain and swelling. Propping your foot up and alternating ice and heat application directly on your toe can also help make you more comfortable.
Footwear and correctors
Sometimes the best bunion treatment can be a new pair of shoes! If your bunion isn't advanced, your feet may respond well to a wider, more comfortable shoe with plenty of room in the toe box. Your Alexandria podiatrist can also make recommendations for bunion pads, cushions, or splints that can help realign your toe over time and prevent friction from the inside of your shoe. You should work with Dr. Pace when wearing bunion correction devices to make sure you're using them properly.
Severely painful bunions that are unresponsive to conservative treatments may need surgery. For this treatment, your Alexandria podiatrist removes and repositions the structures inside the affected toe.
If you think you need bunion treatment, contact Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, VA, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Angelo Pace today!