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By Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists
July 25, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: bunion  

BunionsWhat happened to your foot? It hurts when you walk, especially when you first get out of bed. Plus, you notice a reddened bump at the bottom of the big toe. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago, IL, your podiatrist sees many of these bony bumps. They are a common foot problem called bunions, and they can be corrected so you can stay active and feel comfortable.

Diagnosing a bunion

Bunions aren't unusual. A full 36 percent Americans develop bunions, and while gender (women get them more often), age (the older you get the more likely you are to get one) and heredity (bunions run in families) play significant roles in their development, bunions can happen to anyone at any stage of life. And, they are nothing to be ignored because they cause significant pain, deformity and even immobility.

What tells your podiatrist you have a bunion? Physical examination easily reveals the condition. A bunion is an obvious inward deviation of the first metatarsal bone of the foot and a pronounced bump at the base of the big toe at the metatarsophalangeal joint. Frequently, bunions lead to deformities called hammertoes and to Hallux Valgus, a crossing of the big toe toward the second and even third toes. Arthritis and bursitis may accompany bunions, leading to significant discomfort and stiffness.

If you come to Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, your podiatrist will inspect your foot, watch you walk and take X-rays. This information helps him diagnose a bunion and to decide what treatment options are best.

Treatment for bunions

Some bunions are so severe they require a surgical procedure called a bunionectomy which removes the bump and properly aligns the metatarsophalangeal bone. Some bunions, however, respond well to more conservative interventions such as:

  • A change in shoes to ones with wider toe boxes and better arch support
  • Custom-made orthotics, or shoe inserts
  • Shoe padding (moleskin)
  • In-office removal of any corns and calluses formed from the friction between the bunion and the shoe
  • Stretching exercises and physical therapy
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Cortisone shots
  • Night splints (usually for adolescents whose bones and joints are growing)
  • Staying within a normal weight range

You and your bunion

You can look forward to better mobility and an end to your discomfort with precise bunion treatment at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. We have five locations to serve you. Call 847-468-1994 today to schedule an appointment in Elgin, IL. Call 815-356-0500 to schedule an appointment in Crystal Lake, IL. Call 847-352-0200 to schedule an appointment in Schaumburg, IL. Call 815-356-0500 to schedule an appointment in Huntley, IL. Call 773-836-9900 to schedule an appointment in Chicago, IL.

July 17, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: foot conditions   bunion  

While most people tend to take having pain free feet for granted, people with bunions do not have this privilege. A common myth is that only people of old age develop bunions; this, however, isn't often true. Approximately 30% of adolescents have developed bunions, and a majority of these bunion sufferers are girls. While footwear is commonly a cause of the deformity, genetics are also capable of playing a role in its development. Bunion treatment depends heavily on the severity of the condition. In mild cases, shoe inserts and wider shoes can be helpful; in severe cases, however, surgery may be needed. Nevertheless, you should have your podiatrist determine the severity of your bunion so that he or she can provide the best route of treatment for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful. 

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form


How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor. 

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs. 

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By Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists
June 16, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunion  

There are fast and easy ways to help get your bunion discomfort under control.bunions

Sometimes it doesn’t take much for your bunion pain to set in. When it does rear its ugly head, it can be painful to even wear shoes, let alone walk around or enjoy your day. If bunion problems are keeping you from doing what you love, then our Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL, podiatrists have some handy tips for keeping your issues under control.

Wear Proper Footwear

This is probably one of the most important habits that you will need to adopt if you want to prevent your bunion from getting worse. You can easily manage your bunion symptoms and keep pain away by wearing practical shoes. This means only wearing shoes that fit properly and provide thorough support.

If a pair of shoes causes your toes to bunch up, then you better believe it’s going to put too much pressure on your bunion (toss those shoes out!). Also, stick to flat shoes or shoes that have a very low heel, as high heels can also make a bunion worse.

Wear a Bunion Pad

This is yet another product you can pick up at your local pharmacy or drugstore. These non-medicated pads are the best way to prevent friction when wearing shoes. As you well know, when shoes rub against your bunion it hurts. Provide a little more protection by wearing a bunion pad before putting on shoes.

If you still aren’t finding the relief you need from your bunion pain then it’s time you turned to the foot care specialists serving the Chicagoland area, including Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and the city of Chicago, IL. Call Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists today to learn more about other treatment options we offer to help crush foot pain.

Y:Clearwater MarketingPodiatry Content ConnectionPCC Stock Photosbunion (2).jpgHallux valgus, which is more commonly known as a bunion, is a deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe. Most people who have bunions develop them from wearing uncomfortable shoes for a long period of time. Women are more likely to have bunions compared to men because they often wear high heels. Bunions are not a life threatening condition; however they can negatively impact one’s quality of life. There are a few non-surgical options for those wishing to treat their bunions. Physiotherapy and the use of devices such as bunion splints and toe spacers can work to alleviate bunion pain; however they may not be effective in the long run.

Bunion surgery usually occurs after non-surgical methods have proved to be ineffective. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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