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By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
April 04, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Bunion  

Many adults develop bunions at some point, a condition that can become quite uncomfortable and painful. Bunions stick out of the side ofBunion 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.

By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
November 22, 2016
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunion  

Though bunions often begin painlessly, they can cause discomfort and make daily tasks like simply standing more difficult. When a bunion reaches this point, most podiatrists will agree that it has just got to go. Learn more about bunions and their treatments with Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber at Diabetic Foot and Wound Center and Colorado Sports Podiatry in Denver, CO.

When should I see my podiatrist about my bunion? 
Your bunion will probably begin growing without any pain. However, if left untreated, it can cause some serious issues. Untreated bunions can eventually make walking or standing difficult or make wearing shoes painful. If a bunion begins affecting your daily life or causing significant pain, you should schedule an appointment with your podiatrist as soon as possible. Your doctor can help you find the best treatment plan for you and your condition.

Why does a bunion develop? 
While doctors do not know exactly why bunions form, they do know that certain foot types are more susceptible to bunion development than others. For this reason, genetics may play a role in bunions, though more often than not the shoes you wear affect their development most. Bunions are linked to wearing narrow, tight, or high-heeled shoes.

Bunion Surgery in Denver, CO 
Your doctor will probably suggest making some changes to your lifestyle like losing weight or changing the style of shoe you wear on a daily basis. Your shoes should be wide and roomy enough for your toes and feet to lie flat within them. However, once a bunion reaches a certain point, you will require bunion surgery to remove the bunion. The surgery also realigns the toes if necessary.

For more information on bunions and bunion surgery, please contact Dr. Jaakola and Dr. Weber at Diabetic Foot and Wound Center and Colorado Sports Podiatry in Denver, CO.