A painful bunion is a very common problem podiatrists treat in their offices. Usually patients complain of painful rubbing of the bunion on their shoes or complaining that all their shoes are beginning to feel snug on their first toe joint. The cause of bunions is usually due to faulty foot mechanics and affect people that have flat feet. The longer faulty foot types are not treated, the more likely the bunion will get bigger.
Treatment of a bunion starts with a thorough history and physical examination. After a physical exam is made, X-rays are taken to assess the extent of the bunion and where to proceed with treatment. Conservative treatment is first tried, consisting of shoe modification and possibly orthotics. If that has failed, surgery should be considered. You podiatrist will talk to you about surgery and the recovery time.
A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. In the case of plnatar fibromas it is always good to get it detected and dealt with before it gets out of hand. Sometimes a permanent solution may be necessary. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 – 3668.