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By Berkshire Podiatry Center
January 03, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunions  

Do you want relief from bunion pain? With offices in Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA, the podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center can bunionshelp you get rid of bunion pain once and for all. Read on to learn about treatment options for bunions.

About Bunions and Bunion Treatment

A bunion is a painful bony bump that forms on the joint connecting the big toe. Bunions occur mostly in women, as they are more likely to wear narrow shoes. Some conditions can also cause bunions. For treatment of the condition, you may consider

1. Padding & Taping: Bunion treatment often begins with padding and taping the bunion. Padding the bunion will alleviate your discomfort and allow you to live a normal, active lifestyle, whereas the taping will keep your foot in a normal position, take pressure off the bunion, and reduce your discomfort. Padding and taping bunions also prevents them from getting worse.

2. Custom Orthotics: Podiatrists use orthotics to treat foot problems such as bunions, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, foot ulcers, and foot pain. Custom-made orthotics are specially-made inserts or footbeds designed to support and comfort your feet. Custom-made orthotics are crafted specifically for you and can prevent the progression of bunions and alleviate your discomfort. You can get custom-made orthotics from your podiatrist.

3. Medication: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) relieve pain caused by the bunion and are available both with and without a prescription. If these over-the-counter options don't solve your problem, your podiatrist can prescribe prescription medication. Topical pain medications are also used to treat bunion pain and are available in cream, lotion, or gel form. They are spread on the skin and penetrate inward to relieve foot pain.

4. Steroid Injections: Cortisone injections, also called steroid injections, are also used to treat bunions. The injections comprise a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication. Steroid injections can relieve your discomfort temporarily by reducing inflammation. Typically, steroid injections are not given more often than every six weeks, and usually not more than four times a year. You can get cortisone injections at your doctor's office.

5. Bunion Surgery: If your symptoms are severe, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to remove your bunion. Termed a bunionectomy, this procedure is performed when conservative means of addressing the problem are unsuccessful. The goal of surgery is to correct the deformity and relieve discomfort. Bunion surgery is performed in a surgery center or hospital under general or local anesthesia.

Interested? Give Either our Wyomissing or Morgantown Office a Call!

Don't let a bunion knock you off your feet. Call one of Berkshire Podiatry Center's offices today at either (610) 373-4154 for the Wyomissing office, or (610) 286-6340 for the Morgantown location.

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.