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By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
October 30, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Whether you've just developed bunions or had them for years, you're probably eager to find effective ways to relieve your pain. Dr. Angelo Pace, your Alexandria, VA, foot doctor at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center, offers treatments that will make walking a much more comfortable experience.

What are bunions?

Bunions are bony bumps that develop on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the condition worsens, the bump can grow very large, and your big toe may eventually begin to lean toward your other toes.

Why do I have a bunion?

Bunions are particularly common in women, particularly those who regularly wear tight shoes or high-heeled shoes. Whether you're male or female, you're more likely to develop bunions if you inherited a foot imbalance, injured your foot or have arthritis or a leg length discrepancy.

What are the symptoms of bunions?

Bunion pain tends to worsen if you attempt to jam your feet into your shoes but can also occur even if when you aren't wearing shoes. In addition to pain, you may experience numbness or a burning sensation in and around your bunion and notice that the skin over the joint has become red and thick.

If your big toe rubs against your other toes, you may develop corns and calluses on the tops of your toes or the bottom of your foot. Your toe may eventually become stiff and inflexible as the bunion worsens.

What can I do about my bunion?

Choosing shoes that offer plenty of space for your bunions offers a simple way to reduce your pain. Ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can help reduce pain and swelling. It's also important to change your habits if you suffer from bunion pain. Standing for long periods or running can worsen pain. Activities that don't stress your foot are a better choice.

If you're tired of dealing with bunion pain or your bunion interferes with your life, your Alexandria, VA, foot doctor can offer a variety of treatment options, including taping or splinting your foot to improve the alignment of your big toe joint while you sleep, offering cortisone injections and pain medication, or designing custom-made shoe inserts. When these methods aren't helpful, surgery may be recommended.

Are you ready to find a solution for your bunion pain? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Angelo Pace, your Alexandria, VA, foot doctor by calling (703) 971-7100 for the Walker Lane office or (703) 360-9292 for the Sherwood Hall Lane office.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
February 17, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Don’t let bunion pain tell you how you should spend your days. We can help!bunions

Most people who have bunions won’t often know that they have one until they start to notice pain or discomfort. If you notice a hard lump that protrudes at the bottom of the big toe and causes it to lean inward toward the rest of your toes, then you could be dealing with a bunion. Find out more about bunions and how our Alexandria, VA podiatrist Dr. Angelo Pace can help.

What causes a bunion to form?

A bunion is the result of a deformity at the base joint of the big toe that causes the toe to lean at an angle. So how does this deformity develop in the first place? Well, the causes aren’t entirely certain but it’s believed that heredity and joint weakness or two common reasons. In some situations, those with arthritis of the foot are more likely to develop a bunion.

Despite what causes a bunion to form in the first place, it’s important to know that there are certain issues that aggravate the condition and can make it worse. Wearing shoes that are too tight or that don’t provide the support your feet need can put additional pressure on the bunion and exacerbate symptoms.

What are my treatment options when it comes to handling bunion pain?

First and foremost, it’s important to take a look at the kinds of shoes you are wearing. It’s always best to avoid shoes that have high heels or pointed toes. You want shoes that offer cushioning and support, particularly in the arches, and shoes that give your toes room to move. If toes are bunched up this will cause you problems. This is a simple fix but one that you wouldn’t believe how many people don’t listen to.

Those with structural imbalances in the feet could also benefit from custom orthotics that our Alexandria, VA, foot doctor can custom-design to provide you with the unique comfort, support and shock absorption your feet need, based on the issues you are facing.

Other non-invasive treatment options include:

  • Icing the joint or soaking the foot in a warm bath
  • Splinting the foot at night while sleeping to reduce morning pain and stiffness
  • Cortisone injections to tackle more severe pain and inflammation
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Massage therapy

Advanced Pace Foot And Ankle Center has two locations in Alexandria, VA, to better serve you. If you are dealing with issues caused by a bunion, or if conservative measures aren’t offering you relief, then it’s time you called us.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
April 25, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

What you can do if you have a bunion

If you have a large, hard, painful bump right next to your big toe, chances are you have a bunion. Sometimes the pain can be bunionsunbearable and you can’t even put on your shoes! You may have difficulty walking and getting through your daily activities. If only you could alleviate your pain! Your podiatrists at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, Virginia want you to know how you can get relief from your bunion pain.

Typically, bunions appear in women more than men. In fact, over fifty percent of the women in America suffer from bunion pain, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Many women wear narrow shoes which crush their toes and high heels only add to the problem. The result is chronic irritation and friction, causing a bunion.

Your podiatrists at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center want to tell you about some home therapies you can try if your bunion is still small. Consider:

  • Wearing wide, comfortable shoes with plenty of room for your toes
  • Wearing padded inserts or orthotics in your shoes
  • Icing your bunion several times during the day
  • Taking pain and anti-inflammatory medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen
  • Taping your foot with athletic tape to cushion and support the bunion

For larger, more painful bunions, it’s best to visit your podiatrists at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center. They can take x-rays to determine the extent of bone involvement and do a thorough examination to develop a customized treatment plan. They will suggest professional treatments including:

  • Cortisone injections in the area of the bunion to relieve pain
  • Straightening your big toe and foot to correct poor alignment
  • Surgically fusing your toe joints together to provide support
  • Surgically removing excess bone or tissue in your big toe

You don’t need to suffer from painful bunion pain. If you need help alleviating your bunion pain, it’s time to call in the experts at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, Virginia. They are ready to help you get back into your life, so call today!

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
June 26, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

If traditional methods of treating bunions - padding, pain medication, or decrease in activity - haven't been effective, it may be time to discuss bunion surgery with your Alexandria, VA podiatrist. From Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center, Dr. Angelo Pace answers Bunions some questions about how bunion surgery affects his patients.

How is bunion surgery performed?

Bunion surgery, also called bunionectomy, aims at removing the bony protrusion that makes up the bunion and realigning the affected bones. There are two main types of bunion surgery performed by your Alexandria podiatrist: head procedures, which reposition the big toe joint with a screw or pin, and base procedures, which focus on the bone behind the big toe and are typically more extensive.

Is bunion surgery painful?

During the actual procedure itself, performed at a surgical center or hospital, you will be given enough local anesthetic to numb the entire foot. You may also be given a sedative that will give you a sensation of deep relaxation. Many of Dr. Pace's Alexandria patients do not even recall the bunion surgery after it is over. After the bunionectomy, there may be several days of swelling and discomfort as the surgery site heals. Following Dr. Angelo Pace's post-operative instructions will help to minimize both pain and swelling.

How long is the recovery time after bunion surgery?

During the first two weeks, the foot will need to be elevated as much as possible. For this reason, walking should be very minimal. Within three to four weeks, many people can begin wearing a wide athletic-style shoe. By the fifth week of recovery, the wound should be healed enough for the patient to begin walking short distances. Staying in contact with your Alexandria podiatrist throughout your bunion surgery recovery is crucial.

If you have bunions, don't wait to have them treated. Early treatment means better success in many cases. Contact Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, Virginia for an evaluation of your condition.



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