If you have been suffering with painful bunions, relief is available. Several treatment options exist and a podiatrist can recommend which ones are right for you. For instance, surgical treatment removes the bunion entirely while other treatment options provide relief from the discomfort caused by bunions. Bunions will not go away on their own so it is necessary to see a podiatrist for treatment. At Oakton Foot and Ankle Center, Dr. Steven Vetter is your experienced podiatrist for treatment of bunions in Fairfax, VA.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is a bony protrusion on the side of the foot at the toe joint just below the big toe. The protrusion forms when the toe joint moves out of place. Over time, pain and discomfort develop as the bunion, or protrusion, becomes inflamed and irritated due to the constant rubbing and friction of footwear against it. Even simple daily movements, such as standing and walking, can contribute to friction and inflammation of the bunion, which leads to pain or discomfort. Fortunately, treatments are available to alleviate the discomfort or eliminate the bunion.
Bunions can be painful, as well as make walking and other daily movements more challenging. Unfortunately, bunions will not go away on their own. The good news is there are treatments available for minimizing friction and inflammation, which can alleviate the pain and discomfort of bunions. In some cases, a podiatrist might even remove the bunion or, alternatively, realign the out-of-place toe joint. In Fairfax, bunions can be treated by an experienced podiatrist, such as Dr. Vetter at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center. Bunion treatment options include:
- Surgically removing the bony protrusion
- Removing calluses and corns on the feet
- Wearing night splints to realign the big toe and joint
- Correcting foot positioning with orthotic shoe inserts
- Stabilizing inflamed toe joints with orthotic shoe inserts
- Wearing roomier shoes to minimize friction and rubbing in the bunion area
- Performing special exercises to prevent stiffness and improve joint functioning
Bunions can be extremely painful, but relief is possible. A podiatrist can examine your feet and recommend the right treatment options for you. For treatment of bunions in Fairfax, VA, schedule an appointment with Dr. Vetter by calling Oakton Foot and Ankle Center at (703) 352-8888.