Find out when you should turn to a podiatrist for personalized bunion treatment.
When the big toe begins to lean inward on the smaller toes this often leads to the characteristic bump that is associated with a bunion. This foot deformity most commonly affects the joint at the base of the big toe; however, it can also affect the smaller joints of the toes (this condition is known as a bunionettes). From the office of our Bozeman, MT, podiatrist Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd, find out more about treating a bunion and when to see a doctor.
The goals of bunion treatment are to alleviate pain and swelling and to prevent the bunion from getting worse. Here are some of the ways to reduce your bunion symptoms.
Wear the Proper Shoes
Your Bozeman, MT, foot doctor can provide you with specific recommendations for the appropriate footwear to wear when you have bunions. Along with finding properly fitted shoes that don’t put pressure on the bunion, it’s also important that you avoid shoes with pointed toes and high heels. Wearing appropriate footwear can prevent a bunion from getting worse.
Consider Shoe Inserts
While the shoes you wear are important for keeping your feet healthy and free of bunion-related aches and pains, you may also want to talk with your podiatrist about the benefits of wearing custom shoe inserts. Prescription orthotics are made specifically for you and the condition you are dealing with to ensure that they provide the proper cushioning, support and shock absorption.
A simple and easy way to alleviate pain and swelling is to ice the bunion for up to 20 minutes at a time when you notice your bunion acting up. Make sure to always wrap ice packs in a towel before applying to the skin (placing ice directly on skin can lead to serious burns). Conversely, some patients prefer warm soaks to ease their bunion symptoms. Try both out to see which one provides you with the pain relief you’re looking for.
Splinting the foot can help realign the deformed joint at the base of the big toe. While it will not correct the alignment it can take pressure off the joint, particularly when you are sleeping. Splinting the bunion at night before bed can reduce morning achiness and pain.
Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Bozeman and Butte, MT, is dedicated to providing patients of all ages with the comprehensive foot and ankle care they need. If you are dealing with a bunion, make sure you are treating it properly. Call our office today at (406) 782-2278.