How your podiatrist in Reading, MA, can help with bunions
If you have ever experienced bunion pain, you know how excruciating it can be. Bunions can make walking, standing, and even putting on shoes very difficult. Fortunately, here at New England Foot & Ankle Specialists in Reading, MA, Dr. David A. Sipala, DPM can help you get relief from bunion pain.
These are just a few frequently asked questions and answers about bunions:
What causes a bunion?
Bunions can be caused by a genetic bone deformity in your foot, causing your big toe joint to point outward and press against the inside of your shoe. Bunions can also be caused by wearing shoes that are too narrow, crushing your toes together. When your toes don’t have enough room, your big toe joint can be pushed outward. The continued friction against the inside of your shoe can eventually cause a bunion.
What does a bunion look like?
A bunion is a hard, bony bump that appears next to your big toe. Bunions may or may not be painful, depending on the size and severity of the bunion.
What can I do to relieve bunion pain?
For small bunions, you can try applying ice to your bunion several times during the day, taping the bunion, wearing inserts in your shoes, and taking over-the-counter pain, and anti-inflammatory medications. You should also change to wider, more supportive shoes and avoid high heels or shoes that are too narrow.
How can my podiatrist help with a bunion?
Your podiatrist offers several effective treatments for bunions including removing calluses or corns to reduce friction, custom-fit orthotics, and footwear, physical therapy, and night splints to help realign your toe and foot. In severe cases for large, painful bunions, your podiatrist may recommend surgery.
Need relief? Give us a call
These are just a few frequently asked questions and answers about bunions. To learn more about bunion prevention, causes, and treatment, speak with your podiatrist—call Dr. David A. Sipala, DPM of New England Foot & Ankle Specialists in Reading, MA, today at (781) 944-4044.