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Dr Henri Lelièvre (Hallux valgus, Bunion)

Dr Henri Lelièvre (Hallux valgus, Bunion) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Has walking become uncomfortable on your feet because of a bump on the side of your big toe? Or maybe your high heels have become too painful to wear because they rub against these bumps? Most likely, you’re suffering from a bunion, a hard protrusion on the side of the big toe. Bunionettes are a similar condition, but they affect the side of your pinky toe and are relatively smaller than a normal bunion.  However, both joint deformities can cause pain while walking as they grow larger and cause more irritation.

How do bunions develop? More often than not, tightly fitting shoes or high heels are to blame. When you’re standing for long periods of time in improperly fitting shoes or heels, your feet are forced downward into a cramped position that can cause a bunion growth to develop. Sometimes, trauma, arthritis, or hereditary factors can also cause the condition.

How should you go about treating your bunions? The first step is to get help from a professional. The longer you endure your bunion pain without proper treatment, the worse the condition will become. Severe conditions of bunions can cause the big toe to turn inward causing your toes to realign, calluses on the bottom of your foot, and your toenails curving into your nail bed.

In order to prevent these painful consequences from bunions, contact our office to set up an appointment with Podiatrist Ibrahim Haro. He can evaluate your bunion condition and determine the best form of treatment for you.

Efficient ways to treat bunions and relieve pain include:

  • Custom made orthotic devices to relieve pressure.
  • Cortisone injections and other pain relieving medications.
  • Surgery for severe bunion cases involving the big toe to be realigned.

After you’ve set up your appointment, use these home remedies to help alleviate your bunion discomfort:

  • Wear shoes that are wide, soft, and a comfortable fit.
  • Avoid wearing high heels.
  • Use over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce pain. (Consult your physician before using any medication.)
  • Ice the affected area several times a day to help decrease swelling.

Let us help you get rid of your bunion or bunionette pain once and for all! For more information, visit our website.

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