Can you remember a time when bunion pain wasn't part of your life? If a bunion is affecting your activities and lifestyle, you need to talk to an expert. Here at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers, your podiatrists offer several treatments designed to ease your pain.
When Should I See a Podiatrist?
In the early stages, it may be possible to treat your painful bunion with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, ice, and adhesive pads that cushion the bony bumps. Wearing wide shoes that don't press on your bunion can also help. As the bunion progresses, however, home treatment may no longer be effective.
Make an appointment with your podiatrists in Reston, Manassas, or Leesburg, VA, if:
- It is Difficult to Walk or Stand: Walking and standing shouldn't be uncomfortable. If they are, it's time to see your foot doctor.
- Your Social Life is Being Affected: When your foot hurts, you may find yourself turning down invitations and avoiding activities or hobbies that you've always enjoyed. Bunion treatment can ease your pain, allowing you to participate in life fully once again.
- You've Noticed a Few Alarming Changes: Schedule an appointment with your podiatrist if your toe becomes numb, or if your bunion appears red and feels warm.
- Your Pain Has Affected Your Personality: It's hard to remain positive and optimistic when you're constantly in pain. Chronic pain can make you feel irritable, affect your ability to concentrate, and may even be a factor in depression.
How Your Podiatrist Can Help?
Your foot doctor can offer a variety of treatment strategies depending on the severity of your bunions. For instance, toe exercises will help keep your toe flexible, which may decrease pain. Your podiatrist may also recommend that you wear splints at night to improve the alignment of your foot.
Orthotics, custom-made shoe inserts, cushion your foot and improve its position during the day. If over-the-counter pain medication isn't helpful, your foot doctor may recommend steroid injections.
Although these measures can help, they won't reverse your bunion. Surgery offers the only way to remove bunions and may be recommended if you have severe pain or your bunion interferes with your daily life.
Need Relief? Give Us a Call
Has bunion pain disrupted your life? Schedule an appointment with the podiatrists here at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers by dialing (703) 437-6333 for the Reston office, (703) 368-7166 for the Manassas office, or (703) 777-2101 for the Leesburg office.