If you are having trouble getting your bunion pain under control we are here to help.
A bunion is a common foot deformity that often affects the joint at the base of the large toe. As a result of this deformity, this can cause the joint to stick out, which can make wearing shoes uncomfortable and even painful. Over time, the bunion can also cause the big toe to lean toward the smaller toes. Bunions can be progressive, so it’s up to you to turn to our Bronx, NY, podiatrist Dr. Barry Finkelstein right away if you notice any changes to the shape of your foot.
Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Bunions
While surgery is the only way to correct the deformity, patients may not have to get surgery if they maintain good foot care. Common methods for treating or preventing bunion pain and swelling include,
Bunion padding: A bunion that rubs against your shoes can lead to a callus. To prevent this from happening, apply a bunion pad to the area prior to putting on shoes. This will also take pressure off the area so you are less likely to experience pain or discomfort when wearing shoes.
Splinting: More and more people are turning to splints or toe spacers to help realign the foot to take pressure off the deformed joint. While splinting or using toe spacers will not correct the deformity, it can be a great method for preventing pain and discomfort.
Proper footwear: The types of shoes you wear can also affect your bunion. If you are wearing shoes that are too tight, bunch up toes or have a high heel, then chances are good that you are putting too much pressure on the bunion. Opt for shoes that provide ample support and shock absorption. Do the wiggle test before purchasing your shoes. This means that you should be able to wiggle and move your toes around freely within the toe box. If toes are bunched together this could spell disaster for your bunion.
If you suspect that you might have a bunion or if you are having trouble managing your bunion symptoms then it’s time to turn to NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates. Located in Bronx, NY, we provide comprehensive foot care to patients living in New York and New Jersey. Call us today.