At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we find that many of our Hartford and Middlesex County patients don’t seek treatment for bunions in their early stages. While it’s true not all bunions are painful, it’s a mistake not to get them evaluated at one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices when you first notice a toe moving out of position. Bunions are a progressive condition and will not get better without treatment.
What Can be Done
Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. and Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will start by conducting a complete examination of your toes and feet and also get a medical history from you. The most common cause of bunions is an inherited faulty foot structure. The foot doctor will most likely order x-rays of your toe to get a better picture of the deformity and also to use as a baseline for monitoring the progression of the bunion. Once the current status of the bunion is known, the podiatrist can employ one or more of the following treatment options.
- Footwear Modifications—wearing shoes that are too tight in the toe box and/or have high heels that force the foot forward can cause exacerbated bunions. You’ll want to find shoes made of soft material that has a wide and roomy toe box to minimize discomfort and not speed the progression of the bunion.
- Orthotics—custom orthotics may be employed to correct the position of the foot when walking and standing.
- Exercise—the podiatrist may recommend exercises aimed at maintaining joint mobility and preventing stiffness and other arthritic symptoms.
- Corn and Callus Control—a secondary problem that can develop along with bunions are corns and calluses due to the friction between the deformed digit and your shoes. The foot doctor may want to remove them and will often suggest protective padding to reduce friction and keep skin from getting irritated.
If a bunion does not respond to conservative measures or has already progressed to an advanced stage, surgery may be the best option. A bunionectomy will remove the bunion and realign the toe.
The best outcomes in patients with bunions occur when treatment begins early. If you believe you have a bunion, contact us as soon as possible.