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A Look At 4 Modern Day Bunion Treatments

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Bunion Treatment

Bunions are one of the many things that can go wrong with our feet. They are most often caused by a handful of things. Among them are arthritis and wearing ill-fitting shoes. The good news is that our Delray Beach podiatrists offer patients access to bunion treatments that may provide relief. With that said, here is a rundown on four common bunion treatments: Bunion Treatment #1: Shoe Inserts/Orthotics Custom shoe inserts and orthotic devices are just two bunion treatments that a podiatrist may recommend. In the majority of those instances, the patient attends a scheduled fitting first. Once all of the necessary measurements are taken, the inserts or orthotics are created to those exact specifications. Afterward, the patient returns to the podiatrist’s office for a final fitting. If no further adjustments are needed, the patient is able to leave the office with the shoe inserts or orthotics in hand. Bunion Treatment #2: Taping/Padding In some situations, our podiatrists may recommend that the patient try taping and padding the bunion first. There are several companies in operation today that manufacture products designed for such applications. So the patient may need to try out a few different combinations before finding the right one. Bunion Treatment #3: Exercises and Lifestyle Changes Depending on the condition of the bunion, the podiatrists’ list of suggestions may also include making lifestyle changes. Those lifestyle changes may include taking over-the-counter pain relievers and engaging in foot exercises. Examples of exercises that the podiatrist may order are toe extensors and toe adductors. Bunion Treatment #4: Surgery Lastly, in severe cases, podiatrists may suggest that patients undergo a surgical procedure to have the bunion removed called a bunionectomy. The surgical option, however, may not be best for everyone. It typically involves a lengthy recovery period, and during the recovery period, the patient may need assistance completing routine tasks. For more information about these Delray Beach bunion treatment options and others, please contact our Delray Beach foot & ankle...

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Celebrities Suffer Foot Problems Too

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Bunion Treatment, General Foot Care

Victoria Beckham. Michelle Yeoh. Sarah Jessica Parker. What do these ladies have in common? Less than perfect feet. Each of these ladies suffers from bunions. You may have heard of bunions and associated them with old age. That isn’t the case however. Bunions are very often caused by ill fitting shoes and high heels. So what is a bunion? A bunion is a bump that forms at the base of the big toe (though sometimes they are also found on the outside of the foot at the little toe). The bone and tissue is forced out of place at the joint and the toe then bends inwards towards the other toes. It comes about from years of pressure at the joint, exactly what years of fitting a foot into a high heel with pointed toes does. What are the symptoms? An obvious bump on the outside of the foot Pain, redness, swelling at the joint An inward turned big or little toe Restricted range of motion in the affected toe What can be done? For the short term, applying ice will help pain and swelling. Non steroidal anti inflammatory pain medications can also be beneficial. For the long term, wearing wide shoes that are more box shaped and no heels over two inches tall. A Delray Beach podiatrist visit will probably be in your future. They may design special orthotics, use cortisone injections, prescribe pain medications, recommend padding and taping to keep the foot in a proper position, or prescribe therapy. As a last resort it may require bunion surgery (bunionectomy) to remove the bony prominence. Stylish shoes and heels may make you feel beautiful, but would those celebrity ladies now suffering from bunions say it was worth it? If you suffer from bunions or other foot issues check out our website and contact our Delray Beach foot clinic...

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