If our Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Ranieri, has recently told you that you’re dealing with a bunion, here’s what you should know about this foot deformity.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a hard protruding bump that originates at a toe’s joint, most often that of the big toe. This condition is also progressive, meaning that while it may not be noticeable at first, as it continues to grow, it can cause adverse structural changes in your feet.
What are the symptoms of a bunion?
The most common sign that you have a bunion is developing a hard mass that sticks out at the base of your big toe. You may experience pain, soreness, or swelling in the area, and you may find it more difficult to move the big toe.
Do I need treatment?
Some people with bunions don’t even notice that they have them. As long as they continue to wear properly fitted shoes they may never need treatment. Of course, if you are experiencing pain or other problems as a result of your bunions, then it’s time to see your Woodbridge, VA, foot doctor to find out the best course of action.
The first course of action is usually simple at-home care such as,
- Icing or warm soaks
- Stretching and performing certain foot exercises
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Non-medicated bunion pads
- Shoe inserts
- Wearing properly fitted shoes and avoiding high heels
If these measures don’t provide you with relief then our podiatrist may provide prescription medications or cortisone injections to reduce severe pain and swelling. Splinting or taping the foot can also temporarily realign the foot to prevent pain.
Do I need bunion surgery?
Most people can get their bunion pain under control without resorting to surgery. However, surgery may be necessary if,
- You’ve tried all nonsurgical treatment options and nothing has worked
- You are experiencing severe pain and swelling
- Your symptoms occur regularly and affect your daily routine and quality of life
If you think you may be dealing with a bunion or if you want to talk with our podiatry team to find out whether bunion surgery is the best treatment option, call Lake Ridge Podiatry in in Woodbridge, VA, today at (703) 491-2603 to schedule an appointment.