Many adults develop bunions at some point, a condition that can become quite uncomfortable and painful. Bunions stick out of the side of the foot and become easily inflamed and irritated as the foot rubs against the shoe. Fortunately, there are treatments for alleviating the pain caused by bunions, as well as for eliminating the deformities altogether. Here at the Denver office of Colorado Sport Podiatry/Diabetic Foot & Wound Center, Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber are your podiatrists for the treatment of bunions! Read on to learn more on the topic, and contact our office if you are interested in finding relief.
What are bunions?
Bunions are bony protrusions that form on the side of foot near the big toe as a result of the big toe joint moving out of place. As the big toe shifts toward the smaller toes, the bone on the side of the foot begins protruding outward, forming a bunion.
Can bunions cause pain?
Bunions are often associated with pain or discomfort in the area where the bunion is located. Pain and discomfort tend to result when the bunions rub against the interior of the shoes. The rubbing causes friction, which can lead to inflammation and discomfort.
Can bunions be prevented?
One simple way to help prevent bunions is to wear comfortable shoes that fit properly and have sufficient space in the toe box so the toes do not become cramped. Avoiding high heeled shoes can also help prevent bunions.
What options exist for treating bunions?
There are several options for treating bunions in Denver. A podiatrist can recommend specific treatment methods that should work best for you. Options for treating bunions include:
- Wearing comfortable shoes with a wide toe box
- Inserting protective padding in the shoes to reduce friction
- Using orthotic shoe inserts to stabilize the toe joint
- Wearing a splint at night to realign the toe joint
- Performing foot exercises to improve joint functioning
- Removal of corns and calluses on the feet
- Surgical removal of the bunions
You do not have to live with the pain and discomfort caused by bunions—several treatment options are available from our Denver office! Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jaakola or Dr. Weber by calling Colorado Sport Podiatry/Diabetic Foot & Wound Center at (303) 321-4477.