By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
September 10, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   foot pain  

Bunion PainYou see a reddened bump on the side of your right foot by the big toe. The pain increases every day, particularly when you stand for long periods of time. Likely, this is a bunion, but to confirm that and to receive treatment, see Dr. Thomas Neuman, your podiatrist in Northridge, CA. His caring expertise will stop the pain and the progression of that bunion so you're comfortable and active.

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a very common, acquired deformity of the metatarsophalangeal joint. Due to excessive weight, pressure from narrow footwear, overuse or the aging process, the big toe progressively turns toward the second toe. A reddened, tender, bony bump forms at the base of the toe. Sometimes, the big toe overlays the second toe and even third toe. Pain, decreasing mobility and callus formation on the bottom of the foot result.

How many people have bunions?

Harvard Health reports that a full 36 percent of individuals--mostly women--over the age of 65 have bunions to one degree or other. While years of narrow shoes and high heels contribute to the problem, heredity plays a significant role, too. Some families have foot structures which, given the right set of conditions, tend to develop bunions.

Don't ignore the pain

Unfortunately, bunions hurt--sometimes a lot, leading to sedentary lifestyles, especially in the senior population. Your Northridge podiatrist recommends a complete podiatric examination and X-rays if you exhibit bunion symptoms. However, don't worry. Most bunions respond really well to very basic care strategies. Dr. Neuman will discuss a care plan geared to his diagnostic findings and your lifestyle.

Treating bunions

The simplest of approaches often works best. Bunionectomy, or removal of the bony bump and realignment of the joint and connective tissue, always is a last resort.

Strategies Dr. Neuman frequently suggests are:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Quality shoes with room in the toes and low heels (no higher than 2-1/2 inches, says the American Podiatric Medical Association)
  • Rest
  • Elevation of the foot above the level of the heart
  • Moleskin or other over the counter padding applied to the side of the foot to relieve friction
  • Semi-rigid orthotics (shoe inserts) to provide proper arch support

Come talk to us

You can feel good and retain your mobility when you treat that bunion pain. Please call your podiatrist, Dr. Thomas Neuman, for an examination. We have two offices for your convenience. In Northridge, CA, phone (818) 885-8400, and in Lancaster, CA, call (661) 945-3628.