At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, it’s not unusual as we move into the fall season to see more patients in our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 offices complaining of bunion pain. For many, the reason behind this is the transition from open, summer shoes to more traditional closed-in styles. Bunions are a progressive condition—they generally worsen as time goes on, especially if you do not receive treatment in the early stages. If you notice a bunion hurting more, it’s vital you consult with our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, and Dr. Philip M. Watkins, to see what treatment options are available.
Conservative Bunion Treatments
If your bunion is not severe, the foot doctor may try one or more of the following non-invasive treatments to relieve pain and help correct the mechanics of the foot:
- Pads—bunion pads provide cushioning between your bunion and your shoes. It reduces pain and pressure.
- Custom orthotics—an insert for your shoes designed for your foot, a custom orthotic can help re-distribute pressure and provide better support for your foot.
- Footwear modifications—the podiatrist will also most likely recommend you avoid narrow, pointy shoes or high heels that exert pressure on the toes and cause them to move further out of place.
The use of the above methods can relieve pain and significantly slow the progression of a bunion. However, when a bunion gets too bad and no longer responds to conservative treatment measures, the podiatrist may recommend surgery to realign the toe joint properly. Many patients have seen drastic cosmetic and mechanical improvements in their foot as well as an improved range of motion with bunion surgery.
After examining your bunion, the foot doctor will be able to determine the best course of treatment for you. Don’t suffer needlessly. Contact us today to find out what options are available to alleviate your bunion discomfort.