Posts for tag: Bunion

By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
April 12, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunion  

Get the facts about bunions and how to care for them.

Bunions are very common foot deformities that most often impact the joint at the base of the big toe. A bunion can enlarge and even reposition the joint, causing changes in the way you walk along with increased pain. Whether bunions run in your family, or our Sterling Heights, MI, podiatrists Dr. Kyle Sundblad and Dr. Sadegh Arab has told you that you have a bunion, here’s what you should understand about this common problem.

What causes a bunion to form?

Unfortunately, you can often blame genetics for your bunion. After all, this problem does run in families. So if your mom or your grandmother has a bunion, chances are good that you’ll deal with this issue at some point, too. The best thing you can do is properly care for your feet and visit our Sterling Heights, MI, podiatrists once a year to make sure that if you do develop a bunion that it’s detected early.

Sometimes previous foot injuries or certain foot conditions such as arthritis can impact the structure of the foot and increase your risk for bunions. If you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis or other health problems that impact the health and function of your feet, it’s important to speak with our team to discover ways to reduce your risk of developing bunions.

How is a bunion treated?

How our Sterling Heights, MI, podiatrists recommend treating a bunion will depend on the severity of the deformity. It’s important to recognize the early warning signs of a bunion so you can turn to us right away for care. In the beginning stages, our goal is to create a treatment plan that will slow the progress of the deformity. Some ways to treat your bunion include,

  • Icing
  • Rest
  • Elevation
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Properly fitted and supportive footwear
  • Splinting or bracing
  • Custom orthotics

When is surgery necessary?

The benefit of turning to our Sterling Heights, MI, podiatrists for your bunions is that we can often prevent the need for surgery later in life by making sure you properly care for your feet now. Through a customized treatment plan, we can prevent the bunion from growing so large that it impacts the overall health and function of your feet; however, you may wish to consider bunion surgery if,

  • You are dealing with significant and chronic foot pain
  • You have trouble performing day-to-day tasks and activities
  • You have to avoid exercise due to foot pain
  • Wearing shoes leads to significant discomfort and pain
  • Your big toe has crossed over the smaller toes

Surgery is often the best course of action when home care isn’t alleviating your symptoms and the overall structure and function of your feet are impacted by your bunion.

Don’t let bunions impact your daily routine? Our Sterling Heights, MI, podiatrists work with patients regularly to find ways to ease bunion pain and swelling and prevent the need for surgery. To schedule an evaluation, call Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Care at (586) 731-7873.

By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
May 13, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunion Pain   Bunion  
Bunion PainBunion pain got you down? Is foot pain making it impossible to do the things you once loved? Perhaps even the thought of putting on shoes and running your errands has you nervous. Bunion pain can do that. The good news is that if your podiatrist tells you that you have a bunion there are ways to easily manage this issue on your own without needing to resort to surgery.
First Steps to Treating Bunion Pain

Many people can easily manage their bunion symptoms and slow the progression of this common foot deformity through simple lifestyle changes. There are several approaches you can take to reduce bunion pain including,
  • Maintain a healthy weight or lose excess weight, which can take pressure off the feet
  • Wear shoes that don’t put pressure on the bunion, that provide ample support, and that have lots of room for your toes
  • Look for shoes that have a low heel (high heels can make bunions worse)
  • Apply a gel or protective pad to the bunion before putting on shoes
  • Talk to your podiatrist about the benefits of custom orthotics (aka shoe inserts) and how they could take pressure off the bunion when standing or in motion
  • Take pain relievers, whether over-the-counter or prescribed by your doctor
  • Warm or cold therapy such as warm soaks or applying ice can also improve swelling, inflammation, and pain (some people prefer the heat to the cold and vice versa; it’s a matter of preference. Try both and see what works best for you!)
  • Talk with your podiatrist to see if a night splint could ease morning stiffness and pain
There are a lot of products on the market today that are geared toward people with bunions. Do not be tricked into thinking that there is some miracle device out there that will realign the joint and fix this issue. The only way to realign and repair the deformed joint is through surgery; however, if you follow the tips above you may find yourself able to fully control your bunion pain for the rest of your life without ever needing surgery.
Reasons to Consider a Bunionectomy

Of course, there are certain scenarios in which a podiatrist may recommend getting surgery to correct the bunion. Here’s when you may want to consider getting surgery,
  • You are in significant and chronic pain
  • Your bunion is severely enlarged, and the big toe is crossing over the other toes
  • Your activities are limited due to your bunion
  • Your bunion pain persists for more than a year
  • Nonsurgical methods aren’t completely controlling your bunion pain
  • You are developing other foot problems such as bursitis or hammertoes due to your bunion
Your podiatrist will always be the first person you should turn to if you have questions or concerns about your bunion. They can also create a treatment plan and help you implement new habits into your daily routine to prevent a bunion from getting worse.

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