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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.

By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
September 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot pain   ankle pain  

Heel pain, bunions, and ingrown toenails are some of the most common foot and ankle problems. For people in good health, ingrown foot problemstoenails can be painful but do not typically pose a threat to their health. However, people with diabetes are at risk of potentially serious complications from common cuts or blisters and should seek medical treatment at the first sign of an injury or infection. Dr. Thomas Neuman, a podiatrist in Lancaster and Northridge, CA, offers diagnosis and treatment for foot and ankle conditions and injuries.

Foot and Ankle Pain and Injury Treatment in Lancaster and Northridge, CA

Your feet are constantly subjected to pressure and wear and tear from everyday activities like walking, exercising, and wearing shoes. Some of the most common foot conditions often result from wearing ill fitting shoes or footwear that lacks the proper level of support for your foot type. Whether you exercise regularly or simply spend a lot of time on your feet, wearing comfortable shoes with adequate support is important to help prevent foot and ankle and other orthopedic injuries.

3 of the Most Common Foot Conditions

Ingrown toenails - Ingrown toenails develop when the edge of a toenail digs into the flesh on the side of the toe. They are most common in the big toe, but can technically develop on any toe. Ingrown toenails are usually painful, and can become infected if left untreated. Wearing comfortable shoes with sufficient room for the toes, and cutting the toenails straight across to avoid jagged edges is the best way to avoid ingrown nails.

Bunions - A bunion is a bony protrusion at the base of the big toe that results from an injury or deformity of the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. They tend to be more common in women, but anyone can develop a bunion. They are usually caused by wearing tight narrow shoes that crowd the toes, but can also develop from an injury to the joint or due to genetics and heredity (they tend to run in families), or the biomechanics of your feet. Most bunions can be treated conservatively with supportive shoes and assistive devices, but in rare cases surgery may be recommended to realign the bones in the joint.

Heel Pain - There can be a number of causes for heel pain. The most common is plantar fasciitis, which results from inflammation to the thick band of tissue that runs the length of the foot from the ankle to the base of the toes. Plantar fasciitis usually resolves on its own with rest.

Find a Podiatrist in Lancaster and Northridge, CA

If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, contact Complete Foot & Ankle Care today by calling (818) 885-8400 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Neuman in Northridge, or (661) 945-3628 for Lancaster.