Bunions are formed by a misaligned big toe joint that is often caused by poorly fitting shoes, but hereditary influences also play a role. We know that shoes cause many of our modern foot problems because
Some great ways to minimize bunion pain and prevent worsening include the following:
- Physical therapy – Stretching and strengthening exercises are important for keeping the toe joints more flexible. Your foot doctor can help create a therapy plan for your feet and ankles.
- Avoid tight-fitting shoes – Painful corns often occur on top of the bunion, and these can become infected. Wearing shoes with a wider toe box that won’t push your toes together is essential to avoid complications.
- Appropriate padding – Moleskin padding is available at your drugstore to help isolate the bunion and any accompanying corns or other skin problems.
- Custom orthotic inserts and night braces – Specially made shoe inserts and braces are available from your foot doctor to help straighten the toes. The night splints can be particularly effective over time.
Once a bunion has progressed to a more painful and immobilizing stage, surgery may be recommended by your foot care professional. At FamilyFoot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot &Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.