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By Lake Ridge Podiatry
November 01, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

Suspecting you have a bunion will likely generate a few questions. We want to answer your questions. Bunions are a common condition treated here at Lake Ridge Podiatry often and successfully. Below are frequently asked questions that Dr. Ranieri receives in Woodbridge, VA regarding bunions.

What Is a Bunion and What Causes It?

Bunions are caused by a dislocation of the big toe joint. The unnatural angle of the big toe after this dislocation leads to the appearance of a bony protrusion on the inside of the foot at the base of the big toe where it meets the rest of the foot. With a bunion, shoes will no longer fit well and excess friction will affect this area. Severely progressed cases may result in the big toe being displaced so greatly that it lays on top of the second toe, known as crossover toe.

Wearing ill-fitting shoes does not cause bunions to develop initially, as is commonly thought. Initially, developing a bunion is caused by poor foot mechanics or deformed and misshapen feet. However, wearing shoes that don't fit well aids in progressing the condition. Which leads to the bunion's worsening due to excessive friction and pressure on the bunion.

The development of a bunion is an inherited trait. Researchers do not know why one person will develop a bunion and another will not.

What Are the Symptoms?

Additional symptoms may appear along with a bunion due to an overdose of friction on the big toe area and physical change in your feet. These may be:

  • Corns and callouses
  • Pain when straightening the toe
  • Inability to wear regular shoes
  • Numbness in the big toe

How Is a Bunion Treated?

Most of the time, you will need minor surgery in Woodbridge, VA to remove bunions and correct the anatomy of the foot. This procedure is called a bunionectomy.

Surgical intervention is required for the majority of cases of bunions. However, some conservative, non-surgical steps may slow down or halt the progression of a bunion.

Is There Anything I Can Do To Manage My Bunion Without Surgery?

Recommendations from Dr. Ranieri for slowing down the progression of a bunion are:

  • Wearing shoes that are roomy in the toe area. 
  • Shopping for new shoes in the evening hours as your feet swell slightly later in the day.
  • Have your feet measured every time you go shoe shopping. The arches of our feet fall and flatten with age, which may require buying a larger size of shoe.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Custom orthotics.
  • Prescription and OTC anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medication

Contact Us

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry to answer any additional questions you have about bunions in Woodbridge, VA. You can reach us by calling (703) 491-2603.

By Lake Ridge Podiatry
May 12, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

Don’t let a bunion slow you down. Find out how to keep it from getting worse.

A bunion is one of the most common foot deformities, most often affecting the joint at the base of the big toe. If you notice that this joint juts out further than it should, you might have a bunion. As the bunion progresses, you may see the big toe leaning in on the other toes. Of course, the goal of our Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist Dr. Ranieri is to make sure that you follow the proper regimen and treatment plan to prevent your bunion from getting worse.

I think I have a bunion? What’s next?

If you notice that this joint sticks out or if it causes you pain when walking or wearing shoes, then you may want to schedule an appointment with a foot doctor who can easily diagnose a bunion just by examining your foot. While a bunion is usually nothing to worry about, it is essential that you properly care for your feet to reduce your chances of swelling and pain. Our Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist can certainly map out a treatment plan to manage your bunions.

How do I treat a bunion?

While the only way to truly correct a bunion is through surgery, this is rarely recommended unless the patient is dealing with severe and persistent pain affecting their quality of life. In fact, following simple everyday practices can go a long way to reducing your bunion pain. Here are some things you can do to ease symptoms and also prevent them from surfacing,

  • Wear properly fitted shoes: It’s important that you wear shoes that don’t bunch up your toes and give your toes room to wiggle and move around. Shoes should also not put pressure on the bunion. Avoid shoes with a high heel over 2-inches tall or shoes with a pointed toe.
  • Ice your bunion: When pain or inflammation sets in, you can apply a towel-wrapped ice pack to the area to reduce your symptoms. Leave the ice on for about 10-15 minutes and ice up to three times a day.
  • Get custom shoe inserts: Our Woodbridge, VA, foot doctor can help you is to create custom orthotics to place in your shoes. Orthotics can redistribute the weight evenly and prevent additional pressure and force from being placed on the bunion.
  • Use a splint: While splinting the foot will not correct the deformity, it can place the foot into the proper alignment, which will take the pressure off the joint and affected bone and tissue to reduce pain and discomfort.

Are you wondering whether a bunion could be causing your foot pain? If so, the next step is to schedule an evaluation with our Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist Dr. Ranieri and the team at Lake Ridge Podiatry. Call us today at (703) 491-2603.

By Lake Ridge Podiatry
February 08, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

When it comes to bunions, surgery is not an inevitable necessity to treat them. There are many things that you and your podiatrist can do to manage bunions non-surgically. Our podiatrist, Dr, Ranieri, from Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA treats bunions frequently and can help to guide you on the best strategy to treat them and get you back to doing all the activities that make life worth living and not be limited by bunion pain.

What are bunions?

Bunions, named hallux valgus, consist of a deformity of the foot where the joint of the big toe becomes displaced. This leads to a protrusion on the inside of your foot where the big toe meets the rest of the foot. Years of stress placed on the foot may lead to the big toe being displaced towards the other toes. Sometimes, in the late-stage progression of a bunion, the big toe may have been displaced so much that it lays on top of the second toe, known as crossover toe.

Bunions range in severity from a mild, annoying condition that is not serious enough to negatively affect your functioning to a very painful condition that impairs your ability to walk. Bunions will progress and get worse if they are exposed to improper stresses and friction, so you must take action as soon as possible after being diagnosed with a bunion.

What are some actions I can take to prevent or stop the progression of bunions?

There is a lot that you can do and our podiatrist can guide you on managing your bunions in Woodbridge, VA. Here are some non-surgical, conservative measures that you and your doctor may choose from to help manage bunion pain.

  • Avoid wearing ill-fitting shoes, high heels, and pointy-toed shoes. Your shoes should be roomy in the toe region. When your toes are squished together, this will cause excessive stress and friction on the big toe joint and lead to further displacement of the joint of the big toe, both of which may cause your bunion to get worse.
  • Buy new shoes in the later hours of the day. Your feet swell slightly throughout the day and any new shoes that you buy need to accommodate this. 
  • Get your foot size measured each time you buy a pair of new shoes. With age, our arches tend to fall and not be as supportive, causing our feet to flatten. You may need to buy a larger size of shoe than you are used to.
  • Maintain a healthy weight to avoid excess stress on the foot
  • Custom orthotics worn in your shoes may help.
  • Pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, may help to alleviate any discomfort.

Contact us to schedule a consultation

Take the first step towards treating bunions in Woodbridge, VA by making an appointment with Dr. Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry by calling (703) 491-2603.

By Lake Ridge Podiatry
November 25, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions are more common than you may think. According to the American Foot and Ankle Society, one-third of American women suffer from this uncomfortable and unattractive foot deformity. At Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, Dr. Ranieri helps many people walk without pain, and he stops the progression of bunions. Here are the details.

How do bunions form?

A bunion, a bony bump at the bottom of the big toe, forms due to mechanical pressure and friction on the metatarsophalangeal joint. Contributing factors are:

  • Age (middle years and up)
  • Gender (being a woman)
  • Tight, narrow-toed toes with high heels
  • Improper gait (putting pressure on the side of the foot)
  • Obesity
  • Injury to the foot
  • Fallen, or flat, arches

As a bunion develops and worsens, it turns the big toe toward the second toe and may even cross it. Pain, a lop-sided gait, and limited mobility result.

Diagnose and treatment at Lake Ridge Podiatry

Don't wait for a bunion to impact your life. Come to our Woodbridge, VA, office for a gait assessment and exam by Dr. Ranieri. He may take X-rays as well.

Thankfully, most bunions respond well to simple and consistent interventions you can easily maintain. They include:

  • Switching to more conservative footwear (lower heels and spacious toe boxes)
  • Keeping a healthy body weight
  • Rest and ice as needed
  • Taping or strapping on the affected joint
  • Shoe padding
  • Orthotics, or inserts, custom-made to your foot shape and gait

Stretching exercises maintain range of motion and mobility, and over the counter ibuprofen to relieve the inflammation and pain of any arthritis which may develop. If you have corns and calluses due to friction, your podiatrist will remove than safely and comfortably in the office.

Regarding surgery (bunionectomy), you may be a candidate if simple treatments are ineffective or if your gait and the flexibility of your big toe are severely compromised.

Contact Lake Ridge Podiatry

Your foot and ankle health is our only business. We take bunions seriously. Dr. Ranieri can stop this deformity and help you stay mobile and free of pain. Call our Woodbridge, VA, office for more information.

We are open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Call us at (703) 491-2603 today.

By Lake Ridge Podiatry
August 22, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

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

Contact Us

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.