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Here is a helpful guide for how to manage your bunion symptoms.
A bunion is one of the most common foot deformities to affect adults and it’s characterized as a bony protrusion that often juts out from the base of the big toe. Over time, you may even notice that the big toe leans in on the other toes. Read below to learn what you can do to reduce bunion pain and swelling, but if your feet are still experiencing pain and discomfort afterward, call our podiatrists in both Paoli and Philadelphia, Dr. Robert Cohen, Dr. Ushma Sheth, and Dr. Ira Meyers.
Swap Out Your Shoes
If you find that wearing shoes leads to pain and swelling around the bunion, it’s time to ditch those shoes and to find ones that offer a better fit. Any shoes that put pressure on the bunion can make the problem worse. It’s also important to avoid shoes with heels over 2 inches tall, as high heels can also put additional pressure on the deformity.
Ice Your Feet
If you have an ice pack or a bag of veggies in your freezer, either one can be wrapped in a towel and applied to the bunion to numb the pain and to reduce swelling. Just make sure never to leave the ice on your foot for more than 20 minutes at a time and never apply ice directly to the skin, as this can cause serious burns. If you have nerve damage in your feet, talk to our foot doctors before applying ice to the area.
Wear Protective Padding
While in an ideal world you wouldn’t have to wear shoes at all and you could just let your sore, achy feet breathe, we know that this isn’t feasible; however, one preventative measure that you can take to reduce pain and discomfort from wearing shoes all day is to apply a bunion pad over the bony protrusion before putting on shoes. Bunion pads are made from a variety of different materials, from cloth to gel, and they can prevent friction and pain from occurring when walking around in shoes.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
If your symptoms don’t seem to be responsive to over-the-counter pain relievers or any of these methods above, then it’s time to schedule a visit with our podiatrists, who can devise a better and more effective treatment strategy for managing your bunion symptoms. Only in severe cases is bunion surgery recommended.
Paoli and Center City FootCare Centers has offices in both Paoli and Philadelphia, PA, to provide you with comprehensive foot and ankle care when you need it most. If you suspect that you might have a bunion, call one of our offices today to schedule an appointment: (610) 647-0400 for Paoli, and (215) 545-0388 for Philadelphia.
Don’t let heel pain keep you from enjoying your daily run!
Is heel pain preventing you from going on your morning run? Do you hate having to get up in the morning because you know your foot is going to ache and throb? If this sounds like something you are going through right now our Paoli and Philadelphia, PA, podiatrist, Dr. Robert Cohen, is here to tell you what might be going on and what you can do about it.
More often than not heel pain is the result of a condition known as plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a thick, fibrous band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet and provides the arches with support. When the fascia becomes inflamed, often as a result of overuse, heel pain sets in.
If your heel pain is located at the bottom of your heel as well as the arches and is at its worst first thing in the morning or immediately after exercise then you could be dealing with plantar fasciitis.
Of course, unless you visit your Paoli and Philadelphia foot doctor you won’t know for certain whether or not plantar fasciitis is to blame. Luckily, most healthy individuals dealing with mild or even moderate forms of heel pain can manage their symptoms with simple at-home measures such as:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Splinting or bracing the foot
- Resting and staying off your feet whenever possible
- Avoiding high-impact activities or activities that exacerbate your symptoms
- Stretching/strengthening exercises
- Physical therapy
- Wearing supportive footwear
- Using custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)
If you find that your symptoms just continue to persist or get worse after two weeks of at-home care then it’s time to come in and visit a podiatrist who will be able to figure out what’s going on and how to treat the problem. In more serious cases of chronic plantar fasciitis, treatment options such as corticosteroid injections, ultrasound or shockwave therapy may be recommended to facilitate a faster and more effective natural healing process while also reducing pain and inflammation.
Don’t let heel pain affect what matters most in life. Our Philadelphia and Paoli, PA, foot and ankle specialists are here to provide the comprehensive care you need so you can get back to what’s most important to you. Call Paoli and Center City FootCare Centers today.