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By Berkshire Podiatry Center
April 26, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion  

Are you struggling with painful bunions? Your Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA, podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center offer treatments that can help you manage your symptoms.

Bunion symptoms

The bony bump at the base of your big toe is caused by a misalignment in the bones of your foot. The bunion appears when your big toe tilts toward your other toes. Bunions can make it difficult to find shoes that fit without causing pain, but footwear issues aren't the only problem. Redness, swelling, burning, numbness, and stiffness can occur over and around your bunion.

An inherited foot imbalance may be to blame for your foot condition. When the foot is imbalanced, it's much easier for the bones to become misaligned. Wearing tight shoes or high heels or standing for long hours can worsen the condition.

How to ease your bunion pain

Applying ice or taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen or naproxen sodium, can relieve bunion pain and inflammation. Limit ice pack use to 15 to 20 minutes at a time to prevent frostbite.

Placing adhesive pads on your bunions will reduce pain and pressure, particularly when you wear shoes. Changing the type of shoes you wear is a simple solution that can ease pain and slow the progression of your bunions.

Look for shoes that cushion your foot and offer plenty of room in the toe area. If your big toe overlaps your other toes, make sure the toe box is high enough to prevent rubbing and friction. Stay away from heel heels, tight shoes, and any type of footwear that increases pressure on the front of your foot.

If these measures aren't helpful, it's a good idea to visit your Wyomissing and Morgantown foot doctors. Your podiatrist may recommend orthotics, prescription shoe inserts that cushion and support the foot and help improve its alignment. In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be used to reduce pain and swelling.

Surgery is the only way to remove a bunion and may be recommended if you have severe pain or your bunion interferes with your daily activities. Bunion surgery not only removes the bump but also realigns the bones in your foot, eliminating pain.

Don't let bunion pain keep you off your feet! Schedule an appointment with your podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing and Morgantown. Call (610) 373-4154 to reach the Wyomissing office or (610) 286-6340 for the Morgantown office.

By Berkshire Podiatry Center
December 31, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion  

A bunion is a bony protrusion on the side of the foot near the big toe. Bunions can become painfully inflamed as the interior of the shoes rubs against them throughout the day. Without treatment, bunions can get worse and lead to additional problems. At-home treatments can reduce inflammation and pain, as well as prevent bunions from getting worse. More serious cases might require professional treatment. The skilled podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing can help provide bunion relief through at-home or professional treatments.

Bunions Development of Bunions

Bunions can develop when the metatarsophalangeal toe joint slips out of place or is dislocated. This can happen due to an injury, a faulty foot structure, or a medical condition such as arthritis. The metatarsophalangeal joint connects the big toe to the foot. When it shifts out of place the big toe tends to lean toward the smaller toes, which causes the other end of the dislocated joint to stick out the side of the foot and form a bunion.

Wearing shoes that are too tight or extremely narrow can further aggravate a bunion. The friction produced when the shoes rub against the side of the foot can cause redness, inflammation, soreness, pain, and a burning sensation. Continuing to wear shoes that crowd the toes can even contribute to the bunion getting worse. Wearing roomier footwear can help.

Treating Bunions at Home

Bunions will not get better on their own. Some type of treatment is needed. There are many ways to treat bunions at home that can deliver relief from pain and discomfort and prevent the condition from becoming more serious. At-home methods for treating bunions include:

  • Ice — Applying ice to the bunion several times a day helps reduce inflammation and minimize pain.
  • Padding — Placing pads over the bunion helps reduce friction from footwear, which can reduce pain and discomfort.
  • Activity Modifications — Temporarily reducing or avoiding activities that cause bunion pain, such as standing for extended periods, can prevent inflammation and pain.
  • Medications — Over-the-counter pain relievers can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.
  • Changing Shoes — Wearing shoes with sufficient room for the toes while avoiding tight footwear can prevent inflammation, redness, and pain by reducing friction.

At-home bunion treatments can be extremely effective for reducing inflammation, redness, soreness, and other symptoms. However, professional treatment might be needed to correct a dislocated metatarsophalangeal joint. Some of the methods we use for treating bunions at our podiatry office in Wyomissing include night splints to realign the toe joint and custom orthotics to stabilize it. Our knowledgeable podiatrists can develop an individualized treatment approach for you.

Bunions can be treated at home through several methods, but professional treatment is often needed to realign the toe joint if it has become dislocated. Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced podiatrists to discuss the options for treating your bunions by calling Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing at (610) 373-4154. You can also contact our office in Twin Valley/Morgantown at (610) 286-6340.

By Berkshire Podiatry Center
March 09, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunion  

Here are the more obvious signs that you could have a bunion.

A bunion is a painful and common foot deformity that often causes the joint at the base of the big toe to stick out. A bunion can become very painful and inflamed, making it more difficult to walk or get around. By recognizing the signs of a bunion early on, you can easily take precautionary steps to prevent it from getting worse. With offices in both Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA, your podiatrists, Dr. I.E. Schifalacqua, Dr. Alan Weisberg, and Dr. Cassandra Stache, are able to help with this issue—read on to learn some common bunion symptoms, and give one of their offices a call if you are at all concerned about this issue.

A Bump at the Base of Your Big Toe

Take a second to examine your feet. Now, look at the innermost side of the foot near the bottom of the big toe. If there is a bulging bone or bump sticking out, then you could have a bunion. While bunions can form on both feet, most people only develop a bunion on one of their feet. Accordingly, you may notice that one side has a larger bulge than another. This could also give you a clue that you might have a bunion. Bunions develop gradually, often over years, so by catching this problem early on, you can prevent future foot problems.

Swelling, Redness, and Soreness

If the bony protrusion is large enough then you may also notice that it’s a bit swollen or sore from time to time. This may also be more apparent after a day spent in restrictive or inappropriate footwear, or after a physically active day. By wearing the proper shoes you can reduce inflammation, redness, and soreness around the bump. This will mean staying away from high heels, shoes that put pressure on the bunion, and shoes with a pointed toe. If you aren’t sure which type of shoes to wear in order to prevent your bunion from becoming worse, our foot doctors can offer up suggestions.

Persistent Pain

This is a common complaint for those with bunions. In fact, persistent throbbing or aching pain in this area of the foot is often what leads a patient to seek treatment. Of course, by then the bunion is usually rather large. The minute you start to notice pain and discomfort in this region, it’s important that you see a podiatrist. By detecting a bunion early on, we can provide you with simple lifestyle changes that can improve symptoms and prevent the bunion from getting worse.


Interested? Call one of our Offices in Either Wyomissing or Morgantown, PA, Today

Dealing with persistent foot pain? Looking for a podiatrist who can treat your bunion? If so, call Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing, PA, today at (610) 373-4154, or contact our Morgantown location by dialing (610) 286-6340.