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December 11, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

It Hurts to Put on My Shoes, What Can I Do? What are the treatment options for bunions?

You might be wondering what that large hard bump is next to your big toe. It wasn’t there a few months ago, but now you can hardly Bunionswalk without pain. It sounds like you may have a bunion, but the only way to know for sure is to visit Dr. Michael Stein, your podiatrist in San Leandro, California.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, women suffer most from bunions, with over half of the women in America having them. Typically, bunions arise from wearing shoes that are too tight or too narrow and high heels. But there is relief available.

When you visit Dr. Michael Stein, he will examine your foot, and take x-rays, to determine the degree of bone involvement. He will also check how much the movement of your big toe is affected by the bunion.

If you have a small, non-painful bunion, he might suggest one of several easy treatments you can do at home. Some common methods of self-care include:

  • Taking pain medication such as ibuprofen or Tylenol
  • Cortisone injections around the bunion
  • Taping your foot for added support and to cushion the bunion
  • Icing the bunion
  • Wearing padded or orthotic inserts in your shoes

Above all, if you have a bunion, it is time to change to wide, comfortable shoes with plenty of room for your toes.

If, after trying the home therapies listed above, you still experience a lot of pain and limited movement, it may be time to think about surgery.

Dr. Stein may suggest a surgical treatment such as:

  • Joining the joints in your toe, a process known as fusing
  • Removing swollen, extra tissue around the toe joint
  • Straightening your foot and big toe
  • Removing some of the bone in your big toe

If you think you may have a bunion, don’t despair and don’t delay. Stop in for a consultation with Dr. Michael Stein, your podiatrist in San Leandro, California. He can make it a pleasure to walk again.

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