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By Dr. Michael Stein
July 10, 2019
Category: Bunions
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions, also known as hallux valgus, are a deformity at the base of the big toe's joint. This deformity occurs when the big toe moves out Bunionsof place and when the enlarged joint constantly rubs against your footwear, basically the big toe moves out of alignment. Your podiatrists, Drs. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, at Foot Doctor of the East Bay, can help treat bunions at any of their three convenient locations in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA.

As time goes by, the toe starts bending towards the rest of the toes and the pain can become intolerable, especially when the big toe overlaps other toes. The condition comes with a list of issues like discomfort, swelling, tenderness, irritation, and inflammation.

Other problems arise as a result of bunions, such as:

  • Hallus Abducto Valgus (the big toe moves towards the second toe)
  • Hammertoes
  • The skin over the big toe becomes thicker and more tender
  • Bursitis
  • Blisters
  • Arthritis
  • Corns and Calluses

The causes of bunions vary but usually about 30% suffer from bunions and it could be as a result of other conditions like flat feet, foot injuries, neuromuscular problems, and faulty foot structure.

Other causes are linked to poor shoes. If you wear high heels or tight shoes, you are more likely to develop bunions.

Pain Relief

Your San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, podiatrists can help relieve your bunion pain using several techniques and methods:

  • Wearing protective padding, made of felt, to eliminate friction against shoes, alleviate inflammation, and other skin problems.
  • Remove any corns and calluses that may have developed.
  • Wear custom-made shoes or specialty shoes that accommodate bunions.
  • Over-the-counter or custom made orthotic devices support the joint and re-align the toe, like splints.
  • Ask your podiatrist about certain exercises prevent stiffness.

If the previous non-invasive methods don't work, you may want to opt for surgical treatment, bunionectomy.

Bunions are common and Drs. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad understand your pain and frustration. If you need help from your foot doctor, make sure you visit him at any of the three convenient locations: San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA.

By Dr. Michael Stein
October 29, 2014
Category: Bunions

Poor Bunion SurgeryIf you’ve lived in the Bay Area for a while, you might remember the following incident: five years ago, on October 27, 2009, the Bay Bridge was closed after a crossbeam that had been repaired only a few months previously broke off, taking a few rods with it. Fortunately no one was hurt, but having the busiest bridge in California shut down for almost a week was a severe headache for commuters, and a reminder that, sometimes, repair jobs don’t quite go as planned.

Repair jobs on your body also come with risks. Even though the experts work hard to give you the best possible care, no surgical operation can be 100 percent guaranteed, including bunion surgery. That’s why it’s important to follow all post-operative instructions carefully and keep a close eye on your foot as it heals.

Potential risks of bunion surgery include, among others, continued pain, nerve damage, infection, severe stiffness, arthritis in the joint of the big toe, hallux varus (a condition where the big toe drifts away from the other digits, rather than toward), and recurrence of the bunion. Following all post-operative instructions, including staying off the foot until your doctor gives you the go-ahead, remembering to use your orthotics, and avoiding ill-fitting footwear will help minimize the risks, but unfortunately there’s no way to guarantee that nothing will go wrong.

Before we scare you: bunion surgery is generally highly successful, with a large majority of patients being satisfied with the results and experiencing no complications. However, if you do experience complications from a surgical procedure—regardless of where you received the original operation, or who performed it—call Foot Doctor of the East Bay right away. Some complications—hallux varus, for example—may not require another surgery if the problem is identified early enough. Even if another operation is necessary, however, earlier diagnosis often yields a better prognosis.

If you do need a little extra repair work, give us a call—we strive to offer the best possible care, and while no procedure can ever be fully guaranteed, no one in the Bay Area is better prepared and better equipped to do the job right and fully inform you of all the risks. Give us a call at (510) 483-3390 and see what we can do for you.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
October 29, 2014
Category: Bunions

Relieve Bunion Pain at HomeWe get it—your life is busy. Here in the Bay Area, there’s so much to see: take in a show at San Jose’s City National Civic, bring the kids to the San Francisco Zoo, explore the great walking and hiking trails in Oakland’s East Bay Regional Park District. Although you should visit us whenever you have serious concerns about your feet and ankles, you may not have time to stop in every time your bunion pain flares up. Fortunately, there are a number of simple remedies you can use to relieve bunion pain at home.

The first measure may be the easiest - wear better shoes. Wide, flexible soles and stiff heel counters are best, as they keep your foot in place and provide ample room for the bump. Avoid high heels - the higher the heel, the more pressure on the bunion.

In terms of physical accommodations, a little padding on the bump defends against friction. Try a moleskin or gel-filled pad. Splints might be tough to deal with during the day, but there’s no reason you couldn’t use one at night while you sleep. When you need quick relief, a little ice or massage often works wonders. If your doctor approves anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, you could try those too.

Then there’s physical therapy—toe stretches are a great way to reduce tightness and pain, increase flexibility, and strengthen weakened muscles, all of which help keep you mobile and can help prevent the deformity from getting worse. Some of our favorites:

  • Press your toes against a wall to stretch them; do three or four sets of 10 seconds each, then flex your toes the other way and repeat.
  • Wrap a towel or resistance band around your toes and pull on the band while pushing forward with your toes.
  • Roll a golf ball under your foot for a few minutes to massage your sole and fight cramping.
  • Use your toes to grip objects. Place a number of small objects on the floor, pick them up, and place them in a bowl. Alternatively, you can grasp a small towel with your feet and pull it back and forth.

To learn more about bunion care or to schedule an appointment with the Bay Area’s leading bunion experts, call Foot Doctor of the East Bay at (510) 483-3390. Our three convenient offices serve the entire region with the highest quality foot and ankle care.

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