If bunions are affecting your ability to walk comfortably, Eric Peters, DPM, can help. As a board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Peters performs several treatments for bunions at his office in White Plains, New York. Don’t let painful bunions stop you from enjoying an active life. Call Eric Peters, DPM, or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
A bunion is a bone deformity that forms a lump at the joint where your big toe connects to your foot. Bunions develop gradually as the big toe starts pushing toward the rest of your toes. Over time, the joint protrudes and grows. As a result, the big toe starts to overlap with the other toes, causing the joint to rub against your shoes.
Without early intervention, bunions tend to worsen. They can even lead to a loss of mobility due to the pain and irritation you experience when walking.
Many factors increase your risk of developing bunions, including:
One of the main culprits of bunions in women is wearing narrow high heels. Not only do heels put pressure on the balls of your feet and toes, but they also squish your toes together.
If you have bunions, your podiatrist creates an individualized treatment plan to reduce your pain and improve your mobility. Depending on the severity of your bunions, your plan may include:
Typically made from felt materials, protective padding provides a barrier between your skin and shoes to reduce friction.
Many people with bunions develop calluses and corns on top of the skin, which can cause further irritation. Your podiatrist can remove these uncomfortable growths to minimize irritation.
Orthotics are shoe inserts that mold to the shape of your foot. These devices evenly distribute pressure throughout your foot to stabilize the joint and relieve pressure from bunions.
If you have bunions, swapping your tight, narrow shoes for comfortable, supportive footwear can prevent these bony bumps from growing any larger.
Certain exercises can help maintain mobility and prevent joint stiffness to relieve pain from your bunions.
A splint is a device that can keep your toes aligned with the joint at the base of your big toe.
If conservative treatments aren’t effective at treating your bunion, surgery to remove the bony growth can realign your joint and toes.
For more information on bunions, call Eric Peters, DPM, or schedule an appointment online today.