A bunion is a deformity of the joint at the base of your big toe. It looks like a bony bump jutting outward. There can be redness, swelling, tenderness, and difficulty bending the joint. The tendency to form a bunion is usually inherited. Still you can inadvertently speed up the process by wearing shoes that are too tight, spending too much time in high heels, or forcing your toes into shoes with toe boxes better suited to the tip of an arrow, not a set of typical human toes.
Treat a bunion early on
Bunions start small and grow larger and more painful as long as you continue to put stress on the joint. Complications like corns, calluses, and overlapping toes can develop. And yet, some patients wait until the toe is quite deformed, complications have set in, and the pain is unbearable – and then they visit Clifton Foot & Ankle Center to ask about bunion surgery.
But hold on – treating a bunion early on may help you avoid surgery altogether. Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm offers plenty of non-invasive treatment options that can ease the pain and slow the progression of a bunion. These non-surgical options include:
- wearing shoes that give you more toe room
- avoiding high heels
- inserting custom orthotics or pads into your shoes to help reposition the big toe and minimize pressure
- oral medications or steroid injections to reduce swelling
- stretching exercises to improve joint mobility
- icing and resting the foot.
When surgery is inevitable
If conservative treatments don’t provide relief, it may be time for you and Dr. Wilhelm to discuss bunion surgery. There are several ways to perform a bunionectomy – so it’s essential to choose an experienced surgeon who will consider your foot’s particular situation and needs. Dr. Wilhelm is board-certified in foot surgery. He’ll discuss the procedure with you and answer all your questions fully before scheduling your surgery.
Review your options for bunion treatment in Fairfax County by making an appointment with us at our office in Centreville, Virginia. Call (703) 996-3000 or contact us online.