Could that pain in your foot be caused by a bunion? The podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists discuss common bunion signs and treatment options. They often see patients who have bunions in their Crystal Lake, Chicago, Huntley, Schaumburg and Elgin offices and understand just how painful the foot condition can be.
Is that bump a bunion?
A bony bump at the base of your big toe is the primary sign that you have a bunion. The condition occurs when the bones in your foot become misaligned. Over time, your big toe will begin to drift closer to your other toes, causing the bump to become even more noticeable.
Wearing shoes can be very uncomfortable, particularly if your shoes are tight and push against your bunions. Constant pressure from your shoes can eventually cause a callus to form over your bunion. You may also develop corns on your other toes if your big toe starts to overlap them. Swelling and redness often accompany bunion pain.
What should I do if I have a bunion?
Although your bunion won't go away, there are a few things you can do to reduce your pain, such as:
- Go Shopping: Wearing tight shoes or high heels will only worsen your bunions. Choose shoes that don't press on the bunions and offer plenty of room for your toes to spread out.
- Pad and Protect: You can reduce pressure on your bunions by applying adhesive corn cushions. The cushions can also reduce pain caused when your big toe rubs against your other toes.
- Reduce Pain: Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can reduce both pain and swelling. If pain is severe, we may recommend a cortisone injection.
- Wear Orthotics: These shoe inserts are custom designed for your foot in our Crystal Lake, Chicago, Huntley, Schaumburg or Elgin office. Orthotics improve the alignment of your foot and reduce pressure.
- Try Exercises: We can show you a few exercises that will stretch your toe and decrease pain.
- Use Night Splints: Night splints, available in our offices, are designed to realign your toes and joints, decreasing bunion pain.
- Undergo Surgery: Surgery to realign your joint and remove excess bone and tissues is recommended when more conservative treatments aren't effective.
Are you ready to do something about your bunion pain? Schedule an appointment with the foot doctors at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialist by calling (815) 356-0500 for the Huntley or Crystal Lake, IL, offices, (847) 352-0200 for the Schaumburg office, (847) 468-1994 for Elgin office and (773) 836-9900 for the Chicago office.