A hallux valgus, commonly known as a bunion, develops when the joint tissue or bone at the big toe’s bottom portion moves out of its proper position. Besides, years of abnormal pressure and motion on this joint could make the big toe bend towards your other toes, causing a bunion. This joint is responsible for carrying a huge portion of your weight when you walk so if you have a bunion, you may feel constant and severe pain in this area.
In time, it may become so sore and stiff that you won’t be able to wear closed footwear. If your bunions are affecting the quality of your life, you can come in for a consultation here at Capital Region Foot Care in Albany, NY. Dr. Marc Ginsburg or Dr. Steven Lam can examine your condition and suggest proper treatment for your specific symptoms.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Bunions
Although bunions are permanent and the only way to get rid of them permanently is through surgery, you can take certain steps to slow down its progression and ease your symptoms. These simple treatments may help alleviate pressure and pain on your toe joint:
- Keep your weight in check to avoid placing unnecessary weight on your legs and feet.
- Wear shoe inserts to keep your feet in the proper position.
- Protect your bunion with a gel-filled or moleskin pad when wearing shoes.
- Ease pain and soreness by applying ice packs, massaging the affected areas, and doing warm soaks.
- Under your podiatrist’s instructions, wear a splint when sleeping to ensure that your toe is straight.
- Wear footwear with a wider toe area to avoid putting pressure on the bunion.
- Take NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain relief.
When Bunion Surgery is Needed
For bunions that cause severe pain, even with the abovementioned treatments, our podiatrist here at our Albany, NY, practice may suggest surgery. The main goal of bunion surgery is to reposition your big toe in its proper position and relieve pain. In general, the surgical procedure will involve returning bones, nerves, tendons, and ligaments back into their proper positions and getting rid of the bunion bump.
In most cases, people usually opt for surgery if their symptoms persist or worsen within a year. Furthermore, your podiatrist might recommend bunion surgery if you have an increased risk of the bunion causing more severe foot issues like bursitis, hammertoe, chronic pain in the ball of your foot, or a bunion below your little toe.
Concerned about Your Bunions?
Arrange a consultation with Dr. Marc Ginsburg or Dr. Steven Lam here at Capital Region Foot Care in Albany, NY, by dialing (518) 465-3515.