How your podiatrist in Bloomington can help with bunions
Are you finding it difficult to wear shoes because of the painful bump that sticks out next to your big toe? Is it painful to wear your favorite pair of heels because your shoes rub up against the bump? The truth is you may have a bunion. Thankfully, there are several ways to treat bunions and Dr. Gerald Paul at McLean County Foot & Ankle in Bloomington, IL, wants to share how to treat bunions.
Women tend to get bunions more frequently than men because of wearing high-heeled, narrow shoes which bunch the toes together. The friction of the shoe wall against the big toe can cause the bunion. If you roll your feet when you walk, a condition called over-pronation, you can also get a bunion. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons estimates that over 50 percent of American women have experienced bunion pain.
If you have a bunion, there are some tips and tricks to get relief. You can try:
- Taping around your foot to cushion the bunion
- Placing pads in your shoes to prevent friction on the bunion
For large painful bunions, it’s best to seek out the help of your podiatrist. Dr. Paul will perform a comprehensive examination of your foot including x-rays. He will consider the amount of bone involvement and develop a treatment plan to help give you relief. Common treatments for bunions include:
- Custom-fit night splints
- Custom-fit orthotics
- Wider, more supportive footwear
- Injections of cortisone to reduce inflammation
- Physical therapy to increase flexibility
- A surgical procedure to eliminate the bunion
Bunions can be painful and make it difficult to wear shoes. They can also impact your ability to move around and enjoy the activities of your life. Fortunately, you can get some help for bunion pain by calling Dr. Gerald Paul at McLean County Foot & Ankle in Bloomington, IL. Don’t suffer another day with bunion pain. Call today!