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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!
Joint replacements in the big toe (the first metatarsophalangeal joint) have been performed for several decades now. They can provide pain relief for arthritis in the joint early on, but they also tend to wear out over time. Although they have improved substantially in the last few years, it is still pretty common to see joints that were put in 10-15 years ago wear out and start causing pain.
If you have a great toe joint replacement that is not working correctly or causing pain, there are some potential options to help. Some of the joint replacement can be revised if there is enough bone around the joint remaining. When the bone loss is too great, often the joint replacement can be removed and the joint can be fused using autgraft or allograft bone grafts.
If you are limited by stiffness or pain in your feet and ankles, we are here to help! Call our Colorado Springs podiatrists today at 719-488-4664. Dr. Hinderland and Dr. Cameron strive to offer the most advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques to keep you active and on your feet!