Posts for tag: Bunions
A condition that we treat frequently at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is bunions. We find that most patients are able to easily identify a bunion by its telltale bump on the side of the big toe, but often don’t know much more about this disorder. Below are some facts to help you better understand bunions and what to do about them:
FACT: A bunion is a deformity in the bone which occurs as a result of an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe. The toe moving out of place and moving towards the second toe is what produces the bony protrusion on the side of the toe. In some cases, the toe will even overlap the third toe or rotate and twist. Bunions can lead to additional deformities as well, such as hammertoe.
FACT: Unfortunately, by the time a bunion is visibly obvious, it has progressed to a more severe state. The best time to evaluate and treat a bunion is in its earliest stages. If you notice even a slight appearance of your toe beginning to look crooked or out of place, or if you start to feel pain or numbness in the toe, that’s the time to contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices. Our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will quickly examine your toe and diagnose the source of your discomfort.
FACT: There several conservative treatments available for bunion sufferers, including:
- Modifying footwear and choosing styles with low heels and roomy toe boxes
- Custom orthotic devices to help correct the position of the foot and stabilize the joint
- Exercises and physical therapy to maintain range of motion and joint flexibility
- Night splints to realign the toe and joint
- Padding, if friction and pressure are causing pain to the toe
FACT: Although bunions are not inherited, the biomechanical defect that predisposes a patient to develop a bunion can be passed on. One of the best ways to prevent bunions is to limit time spent in footwear with high heels and narrow pointy toe boxes. Other conditions such as flat feet and neuromuscular problems can also lead to bunions. Taking care of your feet and not ignoring the pain and other symptoms can also lower your risk of bunions.
It’s April, and that means we at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC are celebrating National Foot Health Awareness Month. Having healthier feet is possible for all patients. And, it needn’t be time-consuming or complicated. Below are 8 simple steps to prevent common podiatric disorders and protect your feet and ankles.
- Don’t ignore foot or ankle pain. It’s your body’s way of telling you that something’s wrong. Make an appointment at one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices at the first sign of foot discomfort.
- Buy shoes that are the right size. It may sound astounding, but studies estimate that up to 90% of people are wearing shoes that are too small. Foot size can change over time. Get your feet professionally measured.
- Limit time in high heels with pointy toes. Styles that force the foot forward and squeeze toes together can increase the risk for bunions, hammertoes, and other deformities.
- Practice self-exams. Make inspecting your feet a regular habit. Report any unusual symptoms like swelling, lumps or growths and changes in toenails and skin to one of our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. for prompt diagnosis and treatment.
- Trim toenails straight across and with no ragged edges. Don’t cut them too short and never round the edges as this can increase the risk of ingrown toenails.
- Keep feet dry. Fungal infections thrive in warm, damp places. If your feet sweat profusely, keep an extra pair of socks in your bag and change them whenever you notice your feet are damp. Consider using an anti-fungal powder daily as well.
- Wear flip-flops or shower shoes in public places. Gyms, nail salons, community pools and beach changing areas and restrooms are excellent places to pick up a bacterial or fungal infection.
- Don’t try to do the podiatrist’s job! Attempting to file down corns, remove warts or treat other foot problems on your own is likely to lead to injury or infection. Contact us today to request an appointment.
You may not be sure what’s wrong, but all you know is that your feet hurt! The pain seems to be mostly in your toes, however, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to flex them like you used to. Maybe you stubbed your toe or haven’t quite recovered from that night out in super high heels. Or perhaps you have a bunion on your big toe that somehow seems to be causing pain in your other toes. While bunions only affect your big toe, discomfort and loss of flexibility in your other toes can be a telltale sign of a similar but different issue. How can you tell if you have hammertoes or are at a higher risk of developing them?
- Your foot pain tends to localize specifically to your toes.
- Your toes, besides your big toe, tend to scrunch or tense up even when relaxed.
- It’s uncomfortable or painful to stretch or stand on your tippy-toes.
- You’ve noticed sores, corns, calluses, or irritation on the tip or ‘knuckles’ of your toes where they tend to rub against your shoes.
- There is little to no space in your shoes for your feet to stretch or flex.
- You often wear shoes with heels that are one inch or higher.
- You develop blisters, corns, or calluses elsewhere on your feet that might indicate excessive tension, friction, or irritation from your shoes.
While hammertoes can be painful and difficult to deal with, they are far from impossible to treat. Connecticut Foot Care Centers is here to help! The worst cases may require surgical correction but it doesn’t have to get to that point! The earlier you address the problem with Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella, the better your chances are of overcoming this uncomfortable foot issue. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our six locations across Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington, Connecticut!
Bunions might seem like an issue relegated only to the elderly, or maybe to women who wore high-heels their wholes lives. However, here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, our podiatrists treat patients of all ages and walks of life who are seeking relief from bunion pain.
What are bunions?
When your big toe’s bone or tissue is pushed against the next toe, a bump called a bunion begins to form at the outer joint. This abnormal pressure could be caused by your shoe choice, your gait, arthritis, or a trauma to the foot. While bunions themselves are not considered genetic, foot shape is passed down which can lead to a bunion.
How are they treated?
The first step is to visit your podiatrist for proper diagnosis. Your podiatrist will likely ask about your foot history, examine the shoes you wear, and maybe take an x-ray to see how far the bunion has progressed. Our podiatrists’ first treatment options are always conservative and non-invasive methods, such as:
- Icing and rest to alleviate inflammation and soreness.
- Changing your shoe style to a more comfy shoe that doesn’t squeeze your toes.
- Anti-inflammatory medications that reduce inflammation and pain.
- Cortisone injections to reduce swelling and pain.
- Taping and padding the area to reduce stress upon the bunion.
- Padded shoe inserts to help redistribute pressure on your foot.
- Custom orthotics to alleviate pain and prevent bunion growth.
When surgery is an option
If your ability to walk or participate in normal activities is limited even after conservative treatments were attempted, your podiatrist will likely discuss a surgical option. Bunion surgery helps to return your big toe to its normal position to alleviate pain and discomfort. Bunion surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis.
We’re here for you
If you’re dealing with bunion pain every day, we are here to help you. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, our team of foot doctors is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for whatever is ailing your feet or ankles. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
Shoe shopping can be tough even when you have perfectly normal feet, but buying shoes for bunions can be excruciating! Shoe stores can have too many options and salespeople can be pushy with the latest trends – it can be overwhelming. Shoes are extremely important to keep your feet healthy and safe, though. Therefore, it’s important to take the time to educate yourself on the best type of shoes that your individual feet need. Wearing the right shoes for your feet can prevent a whole host of foot and ankle problems.
Bunions are very common foot conditions that affect many people, especially women. They typically manifest as bony protrusions on the edge of the big toe joint and can cause your toes to bend out towards your pinky toes. Pressure from a too-tight shoe or other uncomfortable situation can gradually cause bunions to grow worse. As bunions get worse, so does the pain and discomfort associated with them. One way to prevent them worsening is to ensure you always wear shoes that fit right and prevent additional pressure on the toes. That’s why we put together some shoe shopping tips for bunions.
Look for these qualities when shoe shopping with bunions:
- Flexible shoe material: Shoes should be made from a breathable material like mesh or canvas. These materials offer more flexibility which can accommodate your bunion, rather than adding more pressure.
- Wide toe boxes: Make sure you have enough room in your toe area when you try on shoes. This will prevent adding pressure to the already-enlarged joint.
- Larger sized shoes: Trying on a half-size up can create a little extra space for your bunion and make room for any orthotics or other inserts your podiatrist might prescribe.
If you’ve got a bunion forming, it’s time to call a podiatrist who can help examine and assess your condition. A podiatrist might recommend a custom orthotic made for your foot that can help correct any abnormalities in your foot mechanics. They might also suggest physical therapy, stretches, or – in really advanced cases that don’t respond to conservative methods – reconstructive surgery might be the only option.
Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your bunion or any foot or ankle issue. We provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!