There are many painful foot conditions and not everyone is well informed about how to treat themselves. So, they end up living in unnecessary pain.
Dr. Richard Wittock of Fenton and St. Louis, MO, understands that there's a lot of information out there and people need help combing through it all.
Here's some information you can start with:
What is a bunion?
A bunion, a hallux valgus, is the appearance of a bump on the side of the big toe. This bump is actually a result of the big toe leaning towards the second toe, which means the bone isn't properly aligned.
If bunions aren't properly cared for, they can become worse with time. a progressive disorder. The bump becomes increasingly prominent and, the symptoms mentioned below, start appearing during later stages.
What are the symptoms of bunions
Well, besides the bump on the side of your big toe, you may also experience:
- Burning sensation
What are the causes of bunions?
Bunions are inherited. How? Well, you inherit a faulty foot structure of the foot which makes you more prone to developing a bunion. Podiatrist realize some foot structures are more susceptible than others, but wearing inappropriate shoes doesn't help either. It may even exacerbate the condition.
How does your podiatrist diagnose a bunion?
Well, it's pretty obvious if there's a prominent bump on your big toes but your Fenton and St. Louis podiatrist also uses x-rays to evaluate the condition and monitors the progressiveness of the bunions with time.
What are some non-surgical treatments?
- Wear appropriate shoes that aren't pointed, so toes have enough space to move, and avoid high heels.
- Make sure there's plenty of padding to help minimize pain.
- Avoid activities that intensify pain, like standing for too long.
- A good idea is to use oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce pain and inflammation, as well as icing several times a day.
- Use orthotic devices for added support.
Would you like to know more about bunions from your Fenton and St. Louis, MO, podiatrist? No problem! Just give Dr. Richard Wittock a call at his office at (636) 717-1100 today.