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Many common foot conditions, such as bunions, can be cured with a variety of different treatments that do not involve surgery. When Floria Antell found a bunion on her left foot two years ago, her podiatrist suggested an invasive surgical procedure that would require rest afterwards for eight weeks. Antell instead looked to another podiatrist who prescribed her custom foot insoles that relieved pressure on her bunion and corrected her flat feet. This, combined with anti-inflammatory medication and shockwave therapy, allowed for her bunion to fully heal after six months—even with her daily walks and exercise. Antell shares, “It was so important to me that I didn’t have to be in bed for months, but I also learned how to take care of my feet better.” 

To avoid extended pain, consider bunion treatment as soon as possible. For more information about bunion treatments, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in California. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Bunions

By Dr. Michael Stein
August 18, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

BunionGetting around in San Francisco for the weekend can be a pain if you hit a bad traffic jam, and we haven’t even mentioned parking. The answer? A ride on the historic cable cars offers a great way to get around the city, while keeping your commute from getting any worse. In the case of your feet, if a bunion that has started and you want to keep it from getting any worse, use this helpful information on bunion treatment to slow the progression of your symptoms.

For starters, icing and elevating is a good way to relieve pain and begin your treatment plan. You can also apply patches over the area to make sure your shoes don’t rub on it. The main way to prevent the progression, though, is to invest in good footwear.

As far as shoes go, we have you covered. We can help you make good shoe choices by recommending which styles to buy. Sometimes, we’ll even recommend a shoe repair shop that can help you modify your existing shoes to accommodate that bump on the side of your foot. This usually involves stretching the shoe’s toe box to give you more room. 

If shoe style alone doesn’t fix your problem, our office specializes in making custom orthotics that will match the exact shape of your foot. The structure, which is inserted into your shoe, is meant to redistribute the extra weight you’re placing on your toe joint. This will help relieve pressure and pain, and slow the deformity’s progression.

Bunion treatment, when applied in the deformity’s early stages, will help you avoid a rush hour to the doctor when your pain is just too unbearable. You can call Foot Doctor of the East Bay in San Leandro at (510) 483-3390, Pleasanton at (925) 425-9684, and Los Gatos at (408) 356-6767.

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