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Posts for: July, 2016

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
July 21, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

What issues could cause a bunion to form and what can you do once you have one?

If our White Plains, NY podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters, has just recently diagnosed you with a bunion then you may have a lot of questions. bunionsHow did this bunion form? How do you manage your bunion symptoms so it doesn’t get worse? We have all these answers (and more!).

What causes bunions?

While a lot is still unknown about bunions and what causes them, it’s believed that genetics has a role to play. Certain inherited factors like overpronation can increase your chances of developing a bunion. If you have biomechanical imbalances in your feet, this can affect how your joints and muscles work, resulting in a bunion.

Some people wonder if high heels or tight shoes can cause bunions. While there is some controversy over whether this is true or not, one thing is for certain—wearing poorly fitted shoes or shoes with high heels can certainly exacerbate your condition.

How do you treat bunion symptoms?

Most of the time your symptoms can be managed through conservative at-home care. Of course, our White Plains foot doctor should always examine your foot problems to make sure that the issue you are having is actually a bunion. Common treatment options include"

  • Icing the bunion for 15-20 minutes at a time multiple times throughout the day
  • Taking over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers to alleviate pain
  • Wearing prescription orthotics (which we can make right here in-office) to provide additional support and stability for structural imbalances in the feet
  • Only wearing shoes that fit properly, provide support and don’t have a heel
  • Wearing a bunion pad to take pressure off the bunion when wearing shoes
  • If pain and inflammation isn’t relieved with medication we may recommend steroid injections
  • Surgery is often the last resort when all other treatment options have failed

Have questions about how you can care for your bunion properly? Need to find relief now? Then talk to Dr. Peters, our White Plains, NY bunion specialist, to get the care you need.