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Do you know what causes bunions and what you can do to treat them? The bony bumps at the base of your big toes can make walking, exercising or even standing painful. Fortunately, your Colorado Springs and Monument, CO, podiatrists, Drs. Matthew Hinderland and Jordan Cameron of Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado offer a variety of bunion treatment options.
Some people are more likely to develop bunions than others
Your chances of developing a bunion may increase if:
- You have an inherited foot imbalance.
- You wear high heels or tight shoes. (You're much more likely to develop bunions if you have an inherited foot imbalance and wear these types of shoes.)
- You have arthritis in your feet.
- You have a foot deformity or injured your foot in the past.
- One of your legs is slightly longer than the other.
Bunions can cause other problems
As your bunion worsens, your big toe may begin to rub against your second and third toes, causing corns and calluses. The condition may also increase your risk of developing arthritis. If your bunions make walking uncomfortable, you may unconsciously change your gait or the way you walk. Gait changes can cause pain in your ankles, legs, hips, or backs. Bunion treatment can help you avoid these painful problems.
Bunions don't go away without treatment
You can do a few things to prevent them from worsening. Taping your foot during the day and wearing night splints while you sleep can improve the alignment of your joints and reduce pain.
Your foot doctor may also recommend wearing prescription shoe inserts called orthotics to cushion your foot and keep it properly aligned. Buying new shoes is important if you regularly wear tight shoes or high heels, as pressure from the shoes can worsen bunions.
When bunion pain doesn't improve with over-the-counter medications, a corticosteroid injection may offer relief.
If your bunions are very painful or interfere with your usual activities, your Colorado Springs or Monument podiatrist may recommend surgery. Bunion surgery involves realigning your joint and removing inflamed tissue and small areas of bone, in some cases.
Do you suffer from bunion pain? Call your Colorado Springs and Monument, CO, podiatrists, Drs. Matthew Hinderland and Jordan Cameron of Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado, at (719) 488-4664 to schedule an appointment.
Have you been living with chronic pain or mobility issues due to an ankle injury or condition? Ankle surgery, offered by your Colorado Springs and Monument, CO, podiatrists, Drs. Matthew Hinderland and Jordan Cameron of Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado, may improve your condition.
When should you consider ankle surgery?
In many cases, ankle pain and injuries can be successfully managed with conservative treatment methods, such as casts, walking boots, crutches and shockwave therapy. Surgery is usually only recommended if other treatment methods are unsuccessful.
Ankle surgery may also be needed if:
- Your life has changed due to ankle pain: Your Colorado Springs or Monument, CO, foot doctor may suggest ankle surgery if pain interferes with the quality of your life. Chronic or severe pain not only makes it difficult to do the things you need to do but can also lead to depression. If medication or other treatment options don't adequately control your pain, surgery may be the best option.
- Walking and standing are difficult: Arthritis, fractures, and severe sprains may make it challenging to walk or even stand easily. Surgery can stabilize your ankle and improve mobility.
- Your injury has affected your gait: If you change the way you walk due to an ankle condition, you may soon begin to experience pain in your legs, knees, hips or back. Restoring your usual gait will help ease these painful symptoms.
What conditions can be improved with ankle surgery?
Surgery may be recommended for:
- Severe Sprains: Although most sprains heal with conservative treatment, you may need surgery if your ankle becomes unstable.
- Achilles Tendon Tears: Tears in the thin tendon at the back of your ankle make it difficult to bend your foot or walk easily. During surgery, your podiatrist sutures the two ends of the tendon together and lengthens it in some cases.
- Fractures: Severe fractures may require surgery.
- Arthritis: Ankle arthroscopy, fusion, or replacement may be recommended if arthritis causes severe pain or interferes with normal joint function.
Would you like to find out if you're a good candidate for ankle surgery? Call your Colorado Springs and Monument, CO, podiatrists, Drs. Matthew Hinderland and Jordan Cameron of Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado, at (719) 488-4664 to schedule an appointment.
Heel pain affects numerous individuals at one time or another, usually developing after an injury or from repeated stress on the feet. Depending on the severity of your heel pain, it might even prevent you from participating in your favorite activities, such as taking walks, working out, or participating in sports. Dr. Matthew Hinderland and Dr. Jordan Cameron of the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado, your office for podiatry in Colorado Springs, CO, can help you achieve relief from heel pain so you can resume your favorite activities—read on to learn more!
There can be several causes of heel pain, such as arthritis, tendonitis, or stress fractures. One of the most common causes of heel pain is a condition called plantar fasciitis, in which pain is felt along the arch of the foot and at the bottom of the heel. The tissues that run along the bottom of the foot are called plantar fascia, and when these tissues become inflamed, heel pain can develop.
One way that plantar fascia tissues become inflamed is due to overpronation. Feet that overpronate when walking or running roll inward toward the arch. This motion flattens out the feet, which can cause the arches to lengthen and be stretched too much. As the arches lengthen and stretch, the plantar fascia tissues experience tension and can become inflamed, which often results in pain and discomfort.
Another source of heel pain related to plantar fasciitis is a condition known as heel spur syndrome. Heel spur syndrome is a condition associated with the formation of calcium deposits on the bottom of the heel. When calcium deposits form on the bottom of the heel, they are often referred to as heel spurs. These spurs can cause pain and discomfort in the heel area anytime that pressure is present, such as when running, walking, jumping, or even standing.
Treating Heel Pain
There are many ways to treat heel pain, and during a consultation, your podiatrist could recommend specific treatments that are best for your particular type of heel pain, whether that be resting your feet or wearing more supportive footwear. At the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado, your Colorado Springs, CO, podiatry office, methods for treating heel pain include:
- Physical therapy
- Stretching exercises
- Orthotic foot supports
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
If you are dealing with heel pain, help is available. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Hinderland or Dr. Cameron by calling the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado, your podiatry office in Colorado Springs, CO, at (719) 488-4664.
How your podiatrists in Colorado Springs, Colorado can help relieve bunion pain
If you have a large, painful, bony bump on the side of your big toe, chances are that it’s a bunion. One of the causes of bunions is wearing shoes that are too narrow, which is why they are much more common in women rather than men. Wearing high-heeled shoes only adds to the formation of a bunion because your toes are shoved forward and crushed.
The lack of adequate room for your toes makes your big toe bend against the others, causing the middle toe joint to push outward and rub against the inside of your shoe. The friction causes a bunion. The good news is, there are effective treatments for bunions.
Dr. Matthew Hinderland and Dr. Jordan D. Cameron at Foot And Ankle Institute Of Colorado can treat your foot issues—including bunions! They have two convenient office locations in Colorado Springs and Monument, CO, to help treat your feet.
Causes and Symptoms
Narrow shoes are only one cause of bunions. They can also be caused by a genetic bone deformity, arthritis, a foot injury, or work-related foot stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs and symptoms of a bunion include:
- A hard, bony bump on the outside of your big toe
- Redness, swelling, and pain around your big toe joint
- Calluses or corns on overlapping toes
- Chronic or intermittent pain near the bunion
- Loss of flexibility or mobility in your big toe
For minor bunion pain, there are a few home treatments you can attempt. Try to:
- Tape your foot using athletic tape to support the bunion
- Wear shoe inserts or bunion pads to cushion the bunion
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
For moderate to severe bunion pain, your podiatrist may suggest surgery to remove the bunion and realign your toe joint. Other professional services for bunion pain relief include:
- Custom-fit orthotics and footwear
- Night splints
- Corn and callus removal
- Physical therapy and toe stretching exercises
Call our Podiatrist Office Today!
If you have a bunion, don’t suffer. Get some relief from bunion pain by talking with our expert podiatrists. Call Dr. Hinderland and Dr. Cameron at Foot And Ankle Institute Of Colorado, with offices in Colorado Springs, and Monument, Colorado. Phone (719) 488-4664 today and get rid of bunion pain!
Are you suffering from a foot wart and are too embarrassed to get it checked out? Do you want to know what you can do to make it better? If so, then look no further. Your Colorado Springs, CO, podiatrist, Dr. Matthew Hinderland, can help you.
More on Warts
You develop warts when a virus, called human papilloma virus (HPV), infects your foot. Warts are usually small growths on the skin and appear on the plantar side of your foot, which is essentially the bottom.
Plantar warts grow deep into the skin. Wart sizes vary, but they start small and become larger over time.
Types of Warts
The two types of warts are a solitary wart, which is when a single wart starts increasing in size and number, and mosaic wart, which are clusters of warts growing near each other.
There are some basic symptoms to keep an eye out for:
- Walking, standing, or squeezing the wart may cause pain
- Plantar warts sometimes look like calluses, so be on the lookout for thickened skin tissue
- You'll notice tiny black dots on the surface of the wart
While you may familiarize yourself with the symptoms, you still need a doctor in order to confirm what type of wart you have, if it's a wart at all and prescribe proper treatment.
- Your doctor will examine your foot and look for the symptoms mentioned above
- Oral and topical treatments, as well as laser therapy, cryotherapy, which is when your doctor freezes the wart, and acid treatments may be used to remove the wart
- You shouldn't under any circumstance try to remove the wart yourself since more damage may occur
- Be sure to follow your doctor's orders to avoid complications
- Your doctor may also treat your wart by surgically removing it
For more information on removing plantar warts, you should call Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO at (719) 488-4664 today!