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By PODIATRY ASSOCIATES
November 24, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Discover the simple strategies that will have you easing your bunion symptoms in no time.

If your family has a history of bunions, then chances are fairly good that this is something that you’ll also develop gradually over the years. While bunions can be a real nuisance, our Houston, TX, podiatrists offer up solutions and strategies to reduce bunion pain and to prevent the bunion from getting larger.

Here are some simple ways to treat bunions without resorting to surgery:

Get Exercising

No, we don’t mean exercise in the traditional pound-the-pavement sense. We mean therapeutic exercises for your feet that can help to stretch and strengthen the muscles and ligaments around the bunion. Everything from toe circles and toe curls to rolling a tennis ball under the arches of your feet every day can help ease foot pain and stiffness.

Conquer the Pain

The main goal of bunion treatment is to manage bunion pain successfully without having to resort to surgery. The best way to do this is by turning to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications that you can simply purchase over the counter. Along with pain meds, you may also want to apply an ice pack to the bunion for up to 15 minutes at a time to reduce pain and swelling.

Provide Protection

Since a bunion causes the joint at the base of the big toe to jut out, this makes it more likely that it will rub against shoes when walking or running. Over time, this can lead to a painful callus. To prevent this from happening you may wish to apply a non-medicated pad over the bunion before slipping into your shoes.

Choose the Right Shoes

One of the first things our Houston podiatrists will recommend when it comes to caring for bunions yourself is making sure you are wearing the appropriate footwear. Shoes that have high heels or pointed toes are going to bunch up your toes and make your bunion pain worse. It’s important that you get properly fitted for any shoes that you wear and that you toss out worn shoes that won’t provide you with the cushioning and support you need.

Podiatry Associates of Houston is happy to provide you with the treatment you need to manage your bunions properly. We have offices in Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy, Willowbrook, and Woodlands, TX, to better serve you. To schedule an appointment with us to discuss your bunion treatment options, call us at (713) 666-0287, (713) 467-1299, (281) 579-0186, (832) 912-7792, or (281) 849-9891.

By PODIATRY ASSOCIATES OF HOUSTON
April 19, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

How your podiatrists in Houston, TX, can help with bunions

If you have noticed a large bony bump on the side of your big toe, chances are that you have a bunion. These foot deformities are caused Bunionsby the friction of toes rubbing against the inside of shoes, a presence that causes continual irritation, and eventually, bunion formation.

For those of you with bunions, there is good news is: the podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston offer several effective treatments to relieve bunion pain and get rid of the condition altogether! With several convenient office locations in Houston and Woodlands, Texas, we are here to help you and your feet feel better!

 

More about Bunions

Bunions are a common problem. In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over half of the women in the United States have suffered from them! If you have a small bunion, there are a few things you can do to get relief. You can try:

  • Placing an ice pack on the bunion several times during the day
  • Using padding or inserts inside your shoes
  • Taping your foot and toe to support the bunion
  • Switching to wider, more supportive shoes
  • Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication

Large bunions can cause severe pain, so it’s best to seek out professional treatment from a podiatrist if you have one. At Podiatry Associates of Houston, your podiatrist will perform a comprehensive examination of your foot so as to determine the level of bone involvement. Your podiatrist will also develop an individualized treatment plan which may include:

  • Custom-fit padding to reduce friction
  • Custom-fit footwear to reduce irritation
  • Custom-fit orthotics to stabilize your toe
  • Removing corns or calluses on your feet
  • Exercises and physical therapy to increase mobility
  • Night splints to help realign your toe and foot
  • Surgery to remove the bunion and realign your toe

If you suffer from bunion pain, get some help from your podiatrist! You and your feet deserve the best treatment, so just pick up your phone and call the podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston in Houston, Texas. Get relief from bunion pain by calling now!

Chimney Rock: (713) 666-0287

Memorial City: (713) 467-1299

Katy: (281) 579-0186

Willowbrook: (832) 912-7792

Woodlands: (281) 849-9891

By PODIATRY ASSOCIATES OF HOUSTON
October 02, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Treatment  

What your podiatrists in Houston, Texas want you to know

Bunion TreatmentBunions can be very painful and having a bunion can limit your ability to walk, stand, and enjoy your life. So, what can you do about a bunion? The podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston want to share the facts about bunions and how to relieve bunion pain. They have four convenient office locations in the Houston area including Chimney Rock, Katy, Memorial City, and Willowbrook, Texas to help heal your feet.

A bunion appears as a large, bony bump on the side of your big toe. Bunions are much more common in women because women often wear shoes that are too narrow, crushing the toes. High heels add to the problem by pushing the toes forward, putting even more pressure on them. The continued friction and pressure of your big toe pushing against the inside of your shoe causes a bunion.

If you are experiencing bunion pain, there are some simple tips you can follow which may provide relief. You can try:

  • Switching to wider shoes with more room for your toes
  • Taping the bunion to add more support
  • Placing pads or inserts inside your shoes

For larger bunions causing significant discomfort, it’s best to visit your podiatrist. Professional treatment for a bunion can get you back on your feet quickly. Some common professional treatments to treat bunion pain, reduce or eliminate bunions include:

  • Custom-fit orthotics or footwear to provide support
  • Night splints to help realign your foot and toe joint
  • Physical therapy and stretching to increase flexibility and mobility

In cases of severe bone deformity, your podiatrist may suggest bunion surgery to realign your toe and foot. Your podiatrist may suggest removing some of the bone and tissue in your toe or fusing your toe joints to surgically straighten your big toe and foot.

Your podiatrist can help you deal with bunion pain and regain your mobility. All it takes to get help is to call the podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston, with offices in Chimney Rock, Katy, Memorial City, and Willowbrook, Texas. Call today!

By Podiatry Associates of Houston
January 29, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions are a very common foot problem that results from a deformity of the metatarsophalangeal joint at the base of the big toe. The bunionsmost common sign of a bunion is a protrusion of the bone on the affected foot, with the other toes leaning at an angle in the opposite direction. Bunions range in severity from mild to severe and can cause pain, swelling, difficulty walking and moving, and damage to the joint. The podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston treat bunions and other common foot and ankle problems at several locations including Katy, Chimney Rock, Willowbrook, and Memorial City.

Bunion Treatment in Houston, TX

There are several factors that can lead to the formation of bunions. They tend to be more common in women, but also affect men. Some people are more genetically predisposed to bunions, so if you have family members with the condition, you may have a higher risk of developing one as well. Wearing tight, narrow shoes that crowd the toes and do not provide adequate support can also cause a bunion.

Signs and symptoms of bunions include:

  • A bump at the base of your big toe (protruding bone)
  • Pain
  • Difficulty moving the toe
  • Arthritis
  • Redness and swelling
  • Chafing/corns/calluses on the skin around the bunion caused by friction between the bone and your shoes

How are Bunions Treated?

Depending on the severity and symptoms, bunions can usually be managed with conservative treatments like wearing supportive and comfortable shoes and inserts, using a splint, medication to relieve pain and inflammation, or simply icing the bone to reduce swelling. If conservative treatments don't work or there is damage to the joint, a podiatrist may recommend surgical treatment to remove damaged bone and tissue or to help realign the joint.

Find a Podiatrist in Houston, TX

For more information about preventing and treating bunions, contact Podiatry Associates of Houston to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations: Willowbrook: 832-912-7792, Memorial City: 713-467-1299, Chimney Rock: 713-666-0287, Katy: 281-579-0186.

By Podiatry Associates of Houston
May 22, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Do you recall when your Grandmother complained about her bunions? While a sore, reddened bony bump at the base of the big toe bunionsoften happens as we age, younger people get bunions, too--even athletes and children. And, they're nothing to joke about because these toe joint problems cause significant pain and impair walking and other activities of daily living. That's why Dr. David Blumfield, Dr. Michael Mineo, Dr. Jorge Matuk and Dr. Maria Buitrago at Podiatry Associates of Houston ask anyone who is experiencing the symptoms of bunions to get a podiatric evaluation right away.

How bunions happen

Bunions in Houston are a biomechanical problem, says the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Heredity may factor into their formation; in other words, you may have inherited your grandmother's foot structure! However, having an occupation where you stand on your feet constantly or wearing shoes that are too narrow or provide inadequate support are often the culprits in bunion formation and flare-up of symptoms. The APMA says that women are much more likely than men to develop bunions.

What your podiatrist looks for and suggests

If you suspect you have a bunion, your podiatrist will ask you about the location and severity of your symptoms and what aggravates and relieves them. in addition, the doctor will visually inspect your foot to see how your toes move. He or she may take X-rays of the area of concern. Sometimes blood tests are ordered to rule out health conditions such as gout.

With a confirmed diagnosis, your foot doctor may advise:

  • Padding the joint to relieve pressure and friction
  • Custom-made orthotics, or shoe inserts, to ensure proper joint alignment when you walk
  • Night time splints
  • Stretching exercises
  • Removal of calluses and corns which can develop due to the friction between the bunion and your shoe

In severe cases, a surgical procedure called a bunionectomy may be warranted.

Contact the Office

If you are experiencing some of the symptoms discussed here, please don't wait. Contact Podiatry Associates of Houston right away for a one-on-one consultation with one of our foot doctors. Call at one of these offices: Chimney Rock (713) 467-0287, Memorial City (713) 467-1299, Katy (281) 579-0186 or Willowbrook (832) 912-7792.