Are You Struggling with Bunions?
A bunion is a very common foot deformity that often affects women. While some people may have bunions but never experience any issues, there are others whose bunions will continue to progress until it causes significant and persistent pain around the affected joint. Find out some simple solutions for easing your pain and when it might be time to visit podiatrist Dr. Edward Orman. Dr. Orman providing his Baltimore patients effective pain and bunion management at his Perry Hall and Fallston, MD, offices.
When it comes to treating bunions Dr. Orman may recommend trying more conservative treatment options to see if that’s all it takes to manage symptoms. Some of these conservative treatment options include,
- Wearing appropriate footwear that offers an ideal fit and doesn’t place pressure on the bunion or bunch up the toes (remember: if the shoes doesn’t fit then it will just make bunion problems worse).
- Even with the proper footwear, you may want to provide your bunion with some added protection. This means applying a gel or moleskin pad over the area before putting on shoes. These non-medicated pads can easily be found at any drugstore. In some cases, your podiatrist may also recommend custom shoe inserts (also known as orthotics), which can improve the structural alignment of the foot to remove pressure points on or around the bunion.
- Bracing or splinting the foot at night may also support the foot and keep everything in alignment to reduce any discomfort you may experience in the morning. While bracing will not permanently realign the foot it can do so temporarily to alleviate the pressure placed on the deformed joint.
Seeing a Podiatrist
It’s time to see a podiatrist for an evaluation if,
- Bunion pain or swelling is severe
- Symptoms aren’t responding to at-home care
- Symptoms are getting worse
- You have trouble walking around or exercising without experiencing pain
If at-home care and other conservative treatments aren't alleviating your pain and irritation then a foot doctor may surgery. Surgery is only necessary if the bunion is severe and affecting your quality of life. Dr. Orman is the first physician in the Baltimore Metro area performing a procedure called Lapiplasty. This state of the art corrects the deformity in 3 planes and limits the risk of recurrence.
Don’t let your bunions dictate your daily routine. If your bunion is making it difficult to put on shoes or walk around without experiencing pain then it’s time to make an appointment with your podiatrist Dr. Edward Orman at Honeygo Podiatry servicing the Baltimore Metro area.