If you have a bunion on one or both feet, you know how painful it can be. At Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care in Livonia, MI, we understand our patients' desire to feel comfortable and stay active. Here's some information on bunion relief from your podiatrists, Dr. Randy Semma, Dr. Michelle Bertelle-Semma and Dr. Stacey Stefansky.
The details on bunions
Although bunions have been the source of many jokes, these painful, bony bumps aren't funny at all. A true deformity of the first metatarsal bone at the base of the big toe, a bunion gradually turns that toe toward the second or even third toes.
While having something of a hereditary component, bunions typically form from excessive pressure on the forefoot and toes. Excessive body weight and narrow-toed, high-heeled shoes squeeze the big toe joint and the toes themselves, and flat arches and loose ligaments and tendons due to arthritis, pregnancy and age are contributing factors, reports Harvard Women's Health Watch.
Getting help for your bunions
You can remain active even though you have bunions. Your podiatrist should examine your feet at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care in Livonia, MI, and take X-rays. He or she will comprise a treatment plan to reduce pain and swelling, stop the progression of your bunions and help you retain full mobility.
Bunionectomy, or surgical removal of the bony structure and straightening of the metatarsal bone, helps people walk more comfortably and improves the appearance of the foot. However, in the vast majority of cases, less invasive strategies work well, negating the need for surgery.
Your care plan may include:
- Ibuprofen or other analgesics for pain
- Rest and elevation
- Splinting and taping (moleskin on the joint to avoid friction)
- Shoes with roomy toe boxes and proper arch support
- Massage therapy
- Custom-made orthotics (shoe inserts) to provide biomechanical balance to the foot
- In-office corn and callus removal
Don't wait on your bunions
You don't have to suffer with this common foot deformity. See Dr. Semma, Dr. Bertelle-Semma or Dr. Stefansky at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care for relief. Call one of our three locations for a convenient appointment. In Livonia, MI, phone (734) 261-3400. In Royal Oak, call us at (248) 549-3338, and in Saginaw, MI, reach the team at (989) 475-5234. Semma Podiatry handles house calls only: (248) 956-0177.