What your podiatrist in North Shore and Wilmette, IL wants you to know about bunion treatment
Bunions are common, especially among women. If you notice a large, painful bump next to your big toe, chances are it’s a bunion. Bunions can make it difficult to wear comfortable shoes. Severe bunion pain can even put you on the couch! You don’t have to let bunion pain take over your life. Dr. Gary Rogers at Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic serving North Shore and Wilmette, IL, wants to share the facts about bunions and bunion treatment.
Bunions are more common among women because women wear high heels and shoes that are too narrow for their feet. Women’s footwear causes the toes to be pushed forward and crushed. Over time, the constant friction can cause a bunion. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over half of the women in America have been affected by bunion pain.
You should always wear shoes with room for your toes, and avoid shoes that cramp or crush your toes together. You can also get a bunion from excessive pronation, rolling your feet when you walk. Dr. Rogers can assess your walking motion and prescribe custom-made arch supports or orthotics to relieve pronation.
Dr. Rogers wants you to know that if you do get a bunion, you can try simple home remedies like these to get some relief:
- Taping your foot to provide support for the bunion
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications
- Padding your shoes to avoid irritating the bunion
If you have a bunion that is very painful and has grown very large, it’s time to see your podiatrist. Dr. Rogers will examine your foot and take x-rays to determine the amount of bone involved. He will provide you with a customized treatment plan, based on the size of the bunion, your level of pain, and your needs and lifestyle. He may recommend:
- Custom-made orthotics or night splints
- Custom-fit, wider footwear
- Cortisone injections to decrease swelling
- Physical therapy exercises to increase mobility
- Surgery to remove the bunion
Don’t let bunions take over your life when help is just a simple phone call away. It’s time to talk to an expert. Call Dr. Gary Rogers at Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic serving North Shore and Wilmette, IL. Take care of your feet by calling today!