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By Berkshire Podiatry Center
April 24, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunions  

You want attractive, functional feet, and of course, you want your feet and nails to look their very best. Is a bunion on the side of your foot bunionschanging how you feel when you walk or run? Are you embarrassed to remove your shoes poolside or at a martial arts class? You can do something about that sore, bony bump. The podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center in Morgantown and Wyomissing, PA, help scores of people each year with this common foot deformity.

How bunions develop:

A bunion is a change in the joint between the metatarsal bones of the foot and the toes--specifically, the big toe. If severe enough, a bunion:

  • Hurts, looks red, or feels warm and inflamed
  • Develops calluses and corns underneath the foot
  • Turns the toe inward toward the second and even third toe (hallux valgus)
  • Contributes to other deformities, such as hammer toes, pain and changes in gait)
  • Stiffens the big toe

The American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society states that bunions make it difficult to wear shoes comfortably. Contributing factors include tight and high-heeled shoes, standing for long periods, obesity, hereditary tendency, and simple age. Many people over the age of 60 have some degree of bunion formation due to simple wear and tear. Foot injuries and an uneven gait lead to bunions, too.

What you can do:

Come to Berkshire Podiatry Center for treatment. Dr. I.E. Schifalacqua, Dr. Alan Weisberg, and Dr. Cassandra Stache use simple visual inspection and hands-on examination to determine the severity of your bunion and how to treat it. Depending on the severity, bunions may not require surgery (bunionectomy), but rather, simple interventions work to alleviate the pain, pressure and immobility bunions cause.

Here are some of the treatments the Morgantown and Wyomissing podiatrists use singly or in combination:

  • Shoe padding
  • Night time splints (typically used for children and adolescents)
  • In-office callus and corn removal
  • Custom-made shoe orthotics (inserts which correct flat arches and overpronation)
  • Ibuprofen for pain
  • Rest
  • Wider shoes with more room in the toe box and lower heels (not much than two inches in height)
  • Cortisone injections to alleviate inflammation.

Find out more:

Visit your podiatrist at Berkshire Podiatry Center and experience pain-free, healthy feet again. For our Wyomissing location, phone (610) 373-4154 for an appointment. For the Morgantown location, call the office staff at (610) 286-6340.