Do not Ignore That Painful Bunion!
Do you finally want relief from that painful bunion that’s been bothering you for some time? With offices in Southold, Riverhead and East Setauket, NY, Dr. William Buffone of North Fork Podiatry and Three Village Podiatry can help alleviate your bunion pain once and for all.
Bunions and Treatment Options
A bunion is a painful bump that forms on the joint that connects the big toe. They occur mostly in women because they are more apt to wear narrow shoes. For the treatment of bunions, you may consider the following.
1. Taping and Padding: Treatment for bunions often starts with padding and then taping the bunion. Padding it will ease your discomfort and allow you to live an active, normal lifestyle. The taping will keep your foot in a normal position, lessen your discomfort and remove the pressure from the bunion. Padding and taping bunions also stops them from worsening.
2. Custom Orthotics: Podiatrists typically use orthotics to address foot problems such as bunions, tendinitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, foot pain, and foot ulcers. Custom-made orthotics are specially-made inserts that are intended to comfort and support your feet. They are created specifically for you and can halt the development of bunions and ease your discomfort.
3. Medication: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) alleviate pain caused by bunions and are available with and without a prescription. If these medications don't resolve your problem, your podiatrist can prescribe prescription medication. There are also topical pain medications that are used to treat bunion pain and are available in lotion, gel, or cream form.
4. Steroid Injections: Cortisone injections are also used to treat bunions. They contain a corticosteroid medication and a local anesthetic. The injections can temporarily alleviate your discomfort by diminishing inflammation.
5. Bunion Surgery: Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to remove the bunion. This procedure is implemented when conventional methods of addressing the problem prove to be unsuccessful. The goal is to correct the irregularity and reduce discomfort.