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By A.A. Podiatry
September 11, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

Do you have unsightly, painful bunions or are you in the process of developing them? The good news is that there are lots of treatment options available to you, depending on the size, severity and location of your bunions. In fact, here are just a few of the bunion treatmentBunions options Dr. Annik Adamson at A. A. Podiatry, PLLC regularly recommends to his patients in Alexandria. One of them may be just right for you too.

1. Comfortable Shoes

While researchers disagree over whether or not your footwear can cause bunions, the fact is that some types of footwear, especially shoes that are too tight or that feature a large heel, certainly don't help. Look instead for roomy, comfortable shoes that feature a wide toe box and a low heel. This treatment option is recommended for any person who suffers from bunions, whether large or small.

2. Shoe Inserts

If it is the size or shape of your foot that is contributing to the problem, not your choice of shoes, a shoe insert may help. Shoe inserts, which can be purchased over the counter or custom made for your feet, can help distribute the weight of your foot, support your arch and reduce pressure spots. Moleskin pads and gel-filled pads can help with this as well.

3. Medications

While medication won't cure your bunion, if your bunion is painful or swollen, medication can help ease your pain and reduce the amount of swelling. Try an over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen first. If those don't help, ask your doctor for a prescription.

4. Surgery

If your bunion is severe or persistent or other treatments haven't helped, it may be time to speak to Dr. Adamson in Alexandria about surgery. An invasive but effective bunion treatment option, surgery may be able to help when other methods have failed. Common surgical techniques include removing swollen tissue or bone and joining or realigning the bones.

Bunions aren't generally dangerous, but they can be rather unsightly and painful. If you're ready to find the right bunion treatment for you, now is a great time to call Dr. Adamson at A. A. Podiatry, PLLC in Alexandria to discuss your treatment options. Dr. Adamson will evaluate your condition, ask which at-home treatment methods you've tried so far, and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is just right for you. Call and set up your appointment today.

By A.A. Podiatry, PLLC
May 05, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsA bunion is an abnormal, bony prominence that develops on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the big toe joint becomes enlarged, it forces the toe to crowd against your other toes, and the pressure exerted on your big toe joint results in inflammation and pain. Early treatment is necessary to decrease the risk of developing joint deformities.

Bunions develop due to prolonged abnormal pressure or motion on your big toe joint, most often caused by inherited structural defects, poor-fitting shoes, foot injuries, or congenital deformities. Women are generally more prone to bunions because of the shoe types typically worn, such as high-heels and narrow-toed shoes.

Bunion pain can range from mild to severe, often making it difficult to wear shoes and perform normal activities. You should contact our Alexandria office if you notice the following symptoms:

  • An enlarged, visible bulge on your big toe joint
  • Restricted movement of your big toe or foot that prevents you from performing normal activities
  • Irritation, corns or calluses caused by the overlap of the first and second toes
  • Frequent pain, swelling or redness around your big toe joint

Treatment for a bunion will vary depending on its severity. Identifying the condition in its early stages is important to avoid surgery, with the main objective of early treatment being to relieve pressure and stop the progression of the deformity. Many times conservative treatments, such as padding, modified footwear or orthotic devices can be highly effective for preventing further growth and reducing the pressure and pain.

Our podiatrist at A.A. Podiatry, PLLC recommends the following for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions:

  • Wear comfortable shoes that don't cramp or irritate your toes and avoid high-heeled shoes
  • Apply ice to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Our podiatrists can show you how to apply padding to your foot to place it in its normal position and reduce stress on the bunion

When early treatments fail or the persistent pain associated with your bunion is interfering with your daily activities, a surgical procedure may be recommended as a last resort to realign the toe joint and alleviate the pressure. Our podiatrist at A.A. Podiatry, PLLC can advise you on the best treatment options available to relieve pressure on the bunion and slow the progression of the joint deformity.

By A.A. Podiatry, PLLC
March 13, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

Do you have a bunion that is causing you pain and interfering with your daily activities? If so, a trip to Dr. Annik Adamson at A. A. Podiatry, P.L.L.C. in Alexandria for bunion surgery may be in order. Of course, you'll want to be well-informed before you decide to undergo surgery or not. Here is what you need to know.Bunions

When Should I Consider Having Bunion Surgery?

Most Alexandria residents begin to consider bunion surgery when their bunion becomes increasingly painful or when it begins to interfere with their daily routines. Only a qualified podiatrist can let you know if bunion surgery is a good option for you, however, so if you have any questions, be sure to set up an appointment with Dr. Adamson at A. A. Podiatry, P.L.L.C.

What Measures Can I Take to Avoid Bunion Surgery?

While bunions generally get worse - rather than better - over time, there are measures that you can take today to delay or decrease your chances of needing to visit Dr. Adamson in Alexandria for bunion surgery. For example, you may switch to more comfortable, roomy walking shoes, you may add extra padding to your shoes, or you may avoid standing or walking for long periods of time. For more severe cases, you may also try pain medications, ice or orthotic devices. All of these can help.

Is Bunion Surgery Painful?

If you do need to come into A. A. Podiatry, P.L.L.C. in Alexandria for bunion surgery, rest assured that the procedure is not painful. You will be given anesthesia so you won't feel anything. Once the procedure is over, it is normal to have pain for a few days, but this pain can generally be treated well with oral pain medication. The symptoms should taper off on their own over a couple of weeks.

How Long Will It Be Until I Can Resume Normal Activities?

The amount of time it will take before you can resume normal activities, such as walking, driving and working, can vary significantly. This is a great question to ask Dr. Adamson before your surgery.

Can My Bunion Return After Surgery?

Unfortunately, yes, your bunion can return if you do not change any habits that may have caused the bunion in the first place. The most important change is choosing more sensible shoes, though you may need to also give up certain activities. With a few lifestyle changes, however, your bunion should not return.

Bunion surgery might sound scary at first, but thankfully, it really isn't as bad as you might think. Call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Adamson at A. A. Podiatry, P.L.L.C. in Alexandria today to find out more about what treatment options you may have.