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By Ankle and Foot Institute
November 14, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

There are many painful foot conditions and not everyone is well informed about how to treat themselves. So, they end up living in Bunionsunnecessary 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:

  • Pain
  • Soreness
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Burning sensation
  • Numbness


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.

By Ankle and Foot Institute
August 21, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

Find out if the foot problems you are experiencing could be due to this foot deformity.


If you are noticing a large bump sticking out at the bottom of your big toe then you might be dealing with a bunion. As the bunion foot bunionprogresses it can even cause the big toe to lean in on the other toes. Our St. Louis, MO, podiatrist Dr. Richard Wittock is here to tell you about to best handle a bunion if you do have one.

First and foremost, if you suspect that you have a bunion you will need to get a proper diagnosis. Usually, early on, people won’t notice any symptoms that a bunion may be brewing. While this deformity is gradual, it will continue to grow and worsen if you don’t properly care for your feet.

A bunion will cause a bony protrusion at the base of the big toe. You may notice that this hard lump is often red or swollen, particularly after walking or wearing shoes. Over time, the big toe will begin to lean in on other toes. You may have a bunion on just one foot or both of your feet. Once you notice any of these changes it’s important that you schedule a consultation with our St. Louis, MO, foot doctor.

We can often diagnose bunions just by looking at your feet. While the only way to repair the deformity is through surgery, you’ll be relieved to hear that some people can manage their symptoms without ever needing surgery.

The most common ways to treat a bunion include:

  • Wearing the proper footwear that doesn’t bunch up toes or put pressure on the bunion
  • Wearing a bunion pad over the bunion to protect it while wearing shoes
  • Placing custom orthotics into shoes to provide support and to take pressure off of the bunion
  • Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers
  • Performing certain stretching and strengthening foot exercises
  • Steroid injections (for more serious pain and swelling)

If you suspect that your foot pain could be the result of a bunion we recommend that you get an evaluation from Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis, MO, the experts in handling everything from bunions to fractures. Call our office today to book your appointment.

By Ankle and Foot Institute
November 10, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Like many foot and ankle injuries and conditions, bunions range in severity from mild to severe and can often be managed successfully bunionswith conservative treatments. Surgery is typically reserved for extreme cases where conservative treatments have failed, and the bunion is causing excessive pain or mobility issues. Bunions are fairly common and can affect people of all ages. Dr. Richard Wittock, a podiatrist in St. Louis, MO, offers diagnostic and treatment options for bunions and other foot and ankle problems.

Bunion Treatment in St. Louis, MO

There are a number of factors that can cause bunions. Although wearing narrow shoes that crowd the toes or that don't provide sufficient arch support can put pressure on the joint and increase the risk of inflammation and pain, shoes are not always responsible for a bunion.

Non-surgical Bunion Treatment

Conservative treatments and lifestyle modifications can often help to ease joint inflammation and bunion pain. Some of the most common non-surgical bunion treatments include:

  • Orthotics and supportive footwear and shoe inserts
  • Splints
  • Massage therapy
  • Bandage or pad to protect the skin over the bunion from corns and calluses caused by friction from shoes
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

When is Bunion Surgery Necessary?

In some cases, bunions can become extremely painful, making it difficult to walk or even wear shoes. If bunion pain becomes chronic, does not respond to conservative treatments, and interferes with your ability to walk and remain physically active, your podiatrist may recommend surgery.

Find a Podiatrist in St. Louis, MO

You don't have to live with foot and ankle pain. If you are suffering from bunion pain or are having difficulty walking or engaging in your normal physical activities, contact the Ankle and Foot Institute by calling 636-717-1100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wittock today.

By Ankle and Foot Institute
August 30, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

A research study by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) found that about 77 percent of Americans have problems withBunions, Corns, Athlete’s Foot, Calluses, Achilles Tendonitis their feet, yet only a small portion ask for help from a podiatrist. Common foot problems include deformities, growths, oppressive odors, and ligament tears that cause pain. Discover more about the most common foot issues that are treated by Dr. Richard Wittock at Ankle and Foot Institute in the Fenton and St. Louis, MO, area each year.

A bunion is a foot deformity that causes an inward protrusion of the bottom of the bone that supports your big toe. The top of the big toe then presses against the other toes, causing them to crowd. It’s caused by years of wearing shoes that press the toes together unnaturally.

Corns are an embarrassing and sometimes painful problem. They are layered growths of skin that usually form on the first and second knuckles of the toes. They are a sign that you do a lot of walking and physical activity—especially in shoes that are not good for your feet.

Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot is an odorous and embarrassing problem that develops mostly in runners and athletes. Because their feet are often sweaty and hot in their sneakers or cleats, fungus infections are common. Athlete’s Foot can be contagious and recurrent, but there are basic treatments for it available from your Fenton and St. Louis podiatrist.

A callus is similar to a corn, except for the location where it forms. A callus usually develops on the bottom or side of the foot. The skin layers as a form of protection due to constant contact with a hard surface (usually your shoe) and gets hard. 

Achilles Tendonitis
The Achilles tendon runs along the back of your foot, attaching your heel to your calf. It’s crucial for athletic activities. When this tendon is stretched or inflamed, the problem is called Achilles Tendonitis. It causes swelling and discomfort in the heel.

Let a Foot Doctor Fix Your Feet
Are you struggling with one or more of these foot ailments? If so, Dr. Richard Wittock at the Ankle and Foot Institute in Fenton, MO and serving St. Louis, MO, can help. Call 636-717-1100 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Wittock.