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A 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 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
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.
We recommend 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. We can advise you on the best treatment options available to relieve pressure on the bunion and slow the progression of the joint deformity.
Flat feet, sometimes called “fallen arches,” is a foot condition that affects up to 12 percent of American adults. It’s not unusual for patients who have flat feet to eventually experience problems with heel and foot pain. If you’re struggling with the effects of flat feet, help is available from a podiatrist at Reston Foot and Ankle Center in Reston, Manassas and Leesburg, VA.
Do You Have Flat Feet?
It’s relatively easy to tell if you have flat feet by doing a visual check. A normally shaped foot has a natural inside arch. If you look at the inside of your foot when standing and it is flush with the floor, that is a sign of flat feet.
Effects of Flat Feet
Many people live with flat feet for much of their lives and don’t think much of it. It often develops in childhood or the foot condition is present at birth. Though it’s not one of the most pressing podiatric problems, some people can begin to experience foot pain due to flat feet. Fallen arches are often related to a condition called plantar fasciitis. In some cases, a diagnosis of flat feet can prevent you from playing certain sports or working certain jobs. Painful progressive flatfoot can lead to a disability.
Flat Feet Treatments
Flat feet (or fallen arches) are caused by weak tendons and ligaments in the arches of the feet. There are ways to strengthen those ligaments and improve the structure of your foot. Here are a few common flat feet treatments offered by your Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, VA podiatrist:
- Foot wrapping, taping, and bracing.
- Orthotic inserts to lift the inner arch.
- Physical therapy to exercise and heal damaged tissue.
- Anti-inflammatory medications.
- Foot surgery in debilitating cases.
Relieve Your Symptoms
A podiatrist at Reston Foot and Ankle Center in Reston, Manassas and Leesburg, VA can help you get relief from the effects of flat feet. Call 703-437-6333 (Reston), 703-368-7166 (Manassas), or 703-777-2101 (Leesburg) to schedule a consultation appointment.
Are you interested in finding the best methods for managing your bunion symptoms?
Yikes! Bunion pain! Is there anything worse? Anything that makes it difficult to walk around without discomfort is sure to affect your day-to-day life. The goal of our Manassas, Leesburg and Reston, VA, podiatrists is to make sure that you have the knowledge that you need to manage your bunion symptoms effectively. If you aren’t sure how to handle this issue, we are here to help!
Wear the Right Footwear
If you have shoes that put too much pressure on your bunion or that bunch up your toes then you have to know that this will only make things worse. These shoes need to be tossed out and replaced with shoes that have little to no heel and offer a large, spacious area for your toes. If toes can wiggle around freely then this is a good sign that these shoes will also be good for your bunion.
Wear Custom Orthotics
Even if you find properly fitted footwear, sometimes you still need a little bit more support than what your shoes can offer. If this is the case then you may want to consider getting custom orthotics (shoe inserts) from our Manassas, Leesburg and Reston foot doctors. Custom orthotics are specially designed to fit your foot and its specific structural issues, which means that when you place them into your shoes they will distribute weight evenly so your bunion won’t take the brunt of walking around.
Do you have questions about handling your bunion symptoms? Is your bunion pain getting worse? If so, it might be time to turn to Reston Foot and Ankle Center. We offer three convenient locations in Reston, Manassas and Leesburg, VA, to serve you better.
If you have bunions, then you know the pain and discomfort they can cause. Walking, standing, climbing stairs and performing other daily activities can be painful when you have bunions. Further, certain types of footwear can aggravate the condition, causing additional discomfort. Bunions do not go away on their own so, if you have them, it is important you seek treatment from a podiatrist as soon as possible. The podiatrists at Reston Foot and Ankle Centers in Reston, Manassas and Leesburg, VA are your podiatry experts for treating your bunions.
What Are Bunions?
Bunions are formed when the big toe joint moves out of place. When this occurs, a bony protrusion develops on the side of the foot near the big toe. The protrusion is referred to as a bunion and can become easily irritated when wearing tight-fitting footwear that constantly rubs the bunion throughout the day. The rubbing causes friction and inflammation, which can lead to pain and discomfort. Routine activities, such as walking or standing, can cause additional rubbing, friction and inflammation and further discomfort
Bunions will not resolve themselves. The only way to get rid of them is through medical treatment. An experienced podiatrist can provide the most effective treatment options for alleviating the pain and discomfort of bunions or for removing them completely. Surgery is required to completely remove bunions. Another option is to realign the toe joint, which can lessen the pain and discomfort of your bunions. Your Reston, Manassas and Leesburg podiatry practice is the best place to seek treatment for bunions. Possible treatments include:
- Surgery to remove the bony protrusion.
- Correcting foot positioning with orthotic shoe inserts.
- Stabilizing inflamed toe joints with orthotic shoe inserts.
- Removing any calluses or corns on the feet.
- Performing special exercises to prevent stiffness and improve joint functioning.
- Wearing night splints to realign the big toe and joint.
- Wearing roomy footwear to minimize friction and rubbing in the bunion area.
Bunions can cause pain and discomfort on a daily basis. Fortunately, there are several options for treating your bunions. For treatment of bunions in Reston, Leesburg or Manassas, VA, visit the podiatry experts at Reston Foot and Ankle Centers. To schedule an appointment at the Manassas office, call (703) 368-7166. Call (703) 437-6333 for Reston or (703) 777-2101 for Leesburg.
Even minor foot problems can limit your ability to walk, run or even climb a flight of stairs. The podiatrists at Reston, Manassas and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers discuss several common foot conditions and explain treatment options.
Is the side of your toe sore and red? You may have an ingrown toenail. This condition occurs when an edge of your toenail grows into the side of the skin surrounding your toenail. If you notice the problem soon enough, you may be able to release the trapped edge by soaking your toe in warm water, then placing a small piece of cotton under the nail. When your nail can't be freed, or it becomes infected, you'll need to visit our Reston, Manassas or Leesburg offices for treatment. After your toe is numbed with an anesthetic, we'll perform a minor procedure to remove the trapped edge.
Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can cause pain and make walking difficult. Over-the-counter pain medications and ice can reduce swelling and pain, but sometimes home treatment doesn't quite dull the pain of arthritis. Foot doctors can recommend a variety of treatment options, depending on the severity of your condition. Cortisone injections can temporarily relieve pain and inflammation, while prescription orthotics reposition your foot and decrease pressure on your painful joints. In severe cases, surgery to remove loose cartilage or fuse joints may be necessary.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tough band of tissue in the sole of your foot becomes inflamed, causing heel pain. If over-the-counter pain medications aren't helpful, you may benefit from cortisone injections, physical therapy, night splints or custom orthotics. Surgery isn't needed in most cases, although it may be a viable option in severe cases.
A bunion is a painful bump at the base of your big toe due to a misalignment of the bones in your feet. They're genetic, but particularly painful in women who frequently wear high heels. Orthotics, cushioning pads, splints and cortisone injections can reduce the pain, but they won't get rid of your bunion. Surgery to realign your bones is the only way to correct the bunion if it is causing pain or difficulty wearing shoes.
Tired of living with foot pain? Schedule an appointment with the podiatrists at Reston, Manassas or Leesburg Foot and Ankle Center by calling (703) 437-6333 for the Reston office, (703) 368-7166 for the Manassas office and (703) 777-2101 for the Leesburg office.