Posts for tag: Bunions

By Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists
November 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Could that pain in your foot be caused by a bunion? The podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists discuss common bunion signs bunionsand 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.

By Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists
March 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Are you sick and tired of your bunions? Find out what treatments options are available to you.bunions

When it comes to dealing with your bunions, most people can get away with simple at-home measures such as wider shoes to make sure that the problem doesn’t get worse. Of course, if your bunions are causing you pain or difficulty while wearing closed shoes then it’s time to visit our Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL, podiatrists. Find out more about the most common bunion treatments and when to consider surgery. Check our website and view the bunion video.

Since a bunion is a bony deformity caused by a misalignment in your foot, there is no way to get rid of it without surgical intervention. While it won’t eliminate your bunion, these conservative treatments can certainly prevent it from getting worse:

  • Shoes can be a serious problem when it comes to how quickly a bunion progresses. Most people don’t wear shoes that provide the support and cushioning your feet need to support the structural irregularities in your feet. Look for shoes that are wide enough to allow for your bunion. Toes should never be scrunched up in your shoes. If you aren’t sure what shoes are right for you, talk to our Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL, foot care specialists.
  • Some patients can benefit from placing orthotics into their shoes. This isn’t right for everyone but it could potentially reduce pain and discomfort and slow the progression of the bunion deformity. While you might find relief from over-the-counter shoe inserts, if you are already dealing with foot problems like a bunion it’s a good idea to get an expert opinion and find out whether we should provide you with prescription orthotics.

Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists is proud to provide the very best in foot care to the Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL areas. If you are looking for professional bunion treatment, then call us today.

By Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists
December 01, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Even if you've had them for years, bunions don't have to become a permanent part of your life. There are a number of ways to treat bunionsbunions so that your feet will regain proper alignment and be free from pain. You'll also finally be able to wear a normal pair of shoes without pain. Learn more about the solutions available at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntley and Crystal Lake, IL.

What Causes Bunions?
Bunions form when the base of the big toe joint moves outward while the big toe moves inward. The protruding joints look like large bumps that can affect your ability to walk properly and be very painful. Bunions are usually caused by pressure on the toes due to poorly made shoes or foot injuries, but they can also be an inherited condition. 

Treating Your Bunions
There's no need to live with bunions forever—your Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntley and Crystal Lake podiatrists can help you straighten out your feet. Here are a few of the treatments available:

  • Lining shoes with protective padding to relieve pressure on the joint.
  • Custom orthotics to improve the position of your feet and toes when you walk.
  • Joint exercises for the feet.
  • Splints worn while sleeping to realign the joints.
  • Surgery (called a bunionectomy).

Prevention Tips
If you're in the early stages of developing bunions or just want to prevent them from ever being a problem in the future, here are a few tips:

  • Invest in sensible, high-quality shoes that give your toes plenty of room to move around (no crowding) and that support your arch.
  • Get immediate treatment for any foot injuries, as they can make the foot more susceptible to bunions.
  • If you have rheumatoid arthritis, work closely with your podiatrist to keep inflammation under control.
  • Visually monitor the shape of your foot and contact your podiatrist if there's any sign of a bunion forming.

Call for Treatment 
Because a bunion affects the bone in your foot, this is not something that you should ignore. Call the Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntley and Crystal Lake, IL office of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists today to talk about ways to treat your bunions.

Floria Antell was suffering from bunion pain and while her podiatrist recommended she had surgery, Antell did not want to miss out on her Pilate’s classes and walking her dog. The seventy-six year old decided to get another opinion and received anti-inflammatory and shockwave therapy treatment. After being healed within six months Antell recalled being thankful for not having to stay bedridden and learned how to take better care of her feet. When faced with foot pain many believe that surgery would be the best way to heal, but there are nonsurgical methods such as shockwave therapy available to incorporate healing.

Shockwave therapy is a treatment commonly used to treat various injuries and conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis in the feet. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle information and treatment.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, attacking the source of the problem so treatment lasts for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia. This treatment is a better option to surgery, since it is proven safe.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Hoffman Estates, Elgin, Huntley, and Crystal Lake, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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By Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists
July 13, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Pain has become a part of your daily life. Your foot hurts at work, at home, and pretty much all the time. You noticed a bump on the side of your foot, right at the base of the big toe. What's going on with your foot, and what could be causing the discomfort? Podiatrists Bunionssuggest that your shoes may be the culprit, causing a foot disorder known as a bunion.

The Problematic Bunion

A bunion is an inflammation and deformation of the metatarsophalangeal or MTP joint, the "bump" at the base of the first toe. When left untreated, a bunion progresses to a serious and painful deformity as the first metatarsal bone pushes outward and the big toe pushes inward. Sometimes, the inward pressure on the big toe is so severe that the toe actually overlaps the second or even third toe in a condition called hammertoe.

Shoes Contribute to the Problem

People who wear narrow shoes with pointed toes tend to develop bunions. Physicians at the Mayo Clinic suggest that over time, tight, narrow shoes force the MTP joint into a poor position. In particular, women's shoes put a vice-like grip on toes, crowding them in on each other. Heels higher than 2 inches place additional pressure on the front of the foot, and summer time flip-flops give practically no support to feet, setting the stage for bunions. When factors such as heredity, arthritis and simply being on your feet all day are added in, bunions are an almost certainty.

Avoiding Bunions

The American Podiatric Medical Association says that proper footwear helps prevent bunion formation. These foot doctors recommend wearing well-made shoes with wide toe boxes, flexible but sturdy soles and heels no higher than 2 inches. Clogs and quality athletic shoes are great choices for people who stand all day at their jobs. In addition, shoe stretchers re-size shoes at the toe where ample room is needed most.

Treating Bunions

When bunions form, an experienced foot doctor in Crystal Lake, such as Gary F. Ochwat DPM and Craig W. Halihan DPM, may perform a bunionectomy to realign the toe joint. This procedure works well, is relatively comfortable and has a short recovery time. More conservative treatments can include:

  • wearing of customized orthotics or shoe inserts
  • padding the protuberance with materials such as Moleskin
  • splints worn at night to bring the MTP joint into more normal position
  • therapeutic exercises

For More Information

Would you like to know more about this foot condition? Drs. Ochwat and Halihan at Advanced Ankle and Foot Specialists in Crystal Lake, IL would be happy to consult with you about bunions at one of their 4 convenient offices. Call today for an appointment.

In Hoffman Estates or Elgin, phone (847) 468-1994. In Crystal Lake or Huntley, phone (815) 356 -0500.

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