Posts for tag: Bunions

By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
April 01, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  
BunionsHave you been diagnosed with a bunion? A bunion is a common foot deformity that if left untreated can cause significant pain, swelling, structural changes and even trouble walking. Of course, it’s important to prevent a bunion from getting to this point, and the best way to do that is to turn to a podiatrist for a tailored-to-you treatment plan. The good news is that there are also some simple lifestyle changes you can make right now to slow the progress of your bunion.

Conservative Treatment Options

If a bunion is caught during the early stages, then you’re in luck. Most people can get away with at-home care and more conservative ways to manage their bunions. Most podiatrists will recommend conservative measures first to see if they ease bunion stiffness, pain and swelling. It’s when symptoms aren’t managed through these lifestyle changes that a podiatrist steps in to provide relief. Some conservative ways to treat bunions include,
  • Icing the bunion for 15-20 minutes at a time to ease pain and swelling. This can be done 3-4 times a day, every day, as needed.
  • Taking an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen that can reduce inflammation and pain (while medication only provides temporary relief, when you are in pain, this medication can certainly help)
  • Stretching out the foot with special mobility exercises for the feet and ankles (ask your podiatrist or simply search online for some of the best foot stretches to ease bunion stiffness)
  • Wearing proper footwear that provides the ideal cushioning, fit, and support
  • Avoiding high heels, shoes that put pressure on the bunion, and shoes with a pointed toe
  • Getting custom orthotics from a podiatrist (these custom-made shoe inserts can provide additional support for the deformed joint)
What happens if these options don’t work?

So, you’ve been trying to manage your bunion symptoms on your own but nothing seems to be working. Does this sound like you? If so, it’s time to employ the help of your trusty podiatrist. After all, that’s what they are there for. A podiatrist can provide you with the treatment plan you need when home care fails to provide you with the results you’re looking for. Your podiatrist may recommend splinting, padding or tapping, or may prescribe a stronger pain reliever. They can also suggest specialty footwear that can provide ample support. They can also determine if it’s time to get corrective bunion surgery.

If you adopt these simple solutions you may find that it drastically slows the growth of your bunions and may even keep you from needing surgery in the future. Of course, if your bunion is causing you severe pain, it’s always best to speak with a foot and ankle specialist to find out what you can do to better manage your symptoms.
By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
March 24, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions can range in severity from a nagging annoyance to a very painful condition. This article will explain the anatomy of bunions and how best to care for them. Hopefully, learning more about them will give you peace of mind if you think you have this condition, as it is the unknown that causes the most anxiety. Dr. Kyle Sundblad from Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Care often treats bunions in Sterling Heights, MI.

What is a bunion?

Bunions are caused by a dislocation of the big toe joint. This dislocation can lead to a bump that develops on the inner side of your foot where your big toe joins the rest of your foot. As a bunion progresses, it may cause your big toe to become misaligned and point inward, sometimes resting on top of the next toe. This is known as crossover toe.

What causes bunions?

The literature is inconclusive as to the exact cause of bunions. Excessive friction and lack of room in the toe area of shoes are two of the main causes of concern regarding the formation and worsening of a bunion. Several risk factors may lead to developing a bunion later in life, such as:

  • Genes. You may be genetically predisposed to develop a bunion if you were born with flat feet, lax ligaments, or abnormal bone structure.
  • Any injury to the foot, minor or major.
  • Frequent and excessive stress on the feet.
  • Wearing tight shoes or ill-fitting shoes. Also, wearing pointy-toed shoes and/or high heels can be a risk factor.
  • Other conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis

How is a bunion diagnosed?

Generally speaking, bunions are easy to diagnose because of the physical deformity present. Your doctor may still advise you to have an X-ray or other imaging of the foot to ensure the integrity of internal structures of the feet is intact, such as fractures or soft tissue injuries.

How are bunions treated?

There are several treatments or actions you can take on your own that Dr. Sundblad may recommend for the treatment of bunions in Sterling Heights, MI. These include:

  • Take notice of changes to the shape of your feet.
  • Ensure that your shoes fit properly, especially in the toe area. Your shoes should be roomy in the front. Avoid high heels and pointy-toed shoes
  • Shop for new shoes in the evening. The feet swell slightly in the evening hours and you may need a larger-sized shoe.
  • Consider getting custom orthotics for your shoes to help distribute weight evenly across your feet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Soaking your feet in warm water with Epsom Salts will help to relieve pain.
  • Massaging and elevating your feet will aid circulation to and from your feet.

When conservative measures fail to help the pain, surgery may be necessary. 

Contact us

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sundblad from Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Care to treat your bunions in Sterling Heights, MI by calling (586) 731-7873.

By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
January 18, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

If you have a bunion, you know that it is a bone deformity that occurs at the base of the big toe on the side of your foot. Bunions can occur for a number of reasons. It could be genetic, from wearing ill-fitted shoes, or from arch issues. Dr. Kyle Sundblad and Dr. Sadegh Arab at Advanced Foot, Ankle & Wound Care in Sterling Heights, MI, can explain how bunions are dealt with and if bunions can disappear on their own.

How to Deal with Bunions

Since bunions can appear randomly, you may be wondering if they can also go away on their own. The short answer is no. Bunions are a bone deformity and the only way to truly get rid of a bunion is with surgery. Surgery is usually only done in severe cases when bunions are causing you consistent pain and they affect your daily life.

Although they can’t go away on their own, bunions can be treated with help from your podiatrist in Sterling Heights, MI. There are at-home treatments that you can do that can help you deal with any pain or irritation caused by your bunions. You can place pads on the sides of your feet to stop rubbing and irritation from occurring.

You can also ice your feet if you’re dealing with any pain. Your foot doctor can also recommend exercises that help stretch the foot and relieve any pain you may be dealing with. If your end goal is getting rid of your bunions, there’s only one way and that’s through bunion surgery.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today!

If your bunions are bothering you, it may be time to talk about removing them. Contact Dr. Kyle Sundblad and Dr. Sadegh Arab at Advanced Foot, Ankle & Wound Care in Sterling Heights, MI, to learn more about bunions and how they can be treated. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment today at (586) 731-7873.

By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
July 20, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions: When to See a Foot Doctor?

A bunion is a hard protrusion that develops on the lower joint of the big toe. Bunions develop slowly, and over time, they gradually push the big toe to the inside of the foot until eventually, it crossed the second toe. This causes the big toe joint to protrude and to become sore and inflamed due to pressure from shoes. Dr. Kyle Sundblad and Dr. Samantha Gibson are podiatrists at Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Care in Sterling Heights. They specialize in all foot and ankle problems including the treatment of bunions.

When Is It Time to See a Podiatrist?

While you can take care of bunions yourself in the early stages, Sterling Heights residents with bunions should see a podiatrist if:

  • The movement of your big toe or foot is decreased due to the bunion
  • The bunion is large and is forcing your big toe across your other toes
  • You are experiencing persistent pain in your big toe or foot
  • You are having difficulty finding shoes that will fit comfortably because of your bunion

Can Bunions Cause Further Complications?

Unless they are treated with surgery, bunions are permanent. Typically, they do not result in complications, although in some cases, they could cause other foot condition, such as:

  • Bursitis: This condition occurs when the fluid-filled sacs (bursae) that cushion your toe joints become inflamed.
  • Hammertoe: Usually, this condition occurs in the toe next to your bunion. It can put further pressure on the surrounding toes.
  • Metatarsalgia: This condition causes the ball of the foot to swell and become painful.

If you live in Sterling Heights and you need to see a podiatrist about your bunions, call Drs. Sundblad and Gibson today at (586) 731-7873 to schedule an examination and consultation.

By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
July 14, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  
BunionsIf you’re dealing with a bunion then you know that this pain is no joke. If you’re dealing with a throbbing, aching pain at the base of your big toe then you could very well be dealing with a bunion. This problem, a common complaint among women, usually develops gradually over many years so many people don’t even realize that they have a bunion until symptoms start to appear. While a bunion will not go away without surgery, the good news is that a podiatrist is usually all you need to manage your symptoms without resorting to surgery. Here are some ways to effectively manage your bunions:
  • Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to help with pain and swelling
  • Ice the bunion for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day to also alleviate pain and swelling (conversely, you may choose to soak your bunion in warm water to ease symptoms)
  • Consider getting prescription orthotics (shoe inserts) to place within your shoes to take the pressure off the deformed joint and to reduce pain with walking or standing
  • Wear a night splint, which will straighten out the big toe while you sleep to reduce morning pain and stiffness
  • Only wear shoes that have a wide toe box that doesn’t put pressure on the bunion. Avoid high heels and shoes with pointed toes.
  • Perform stretching exercises every day to alleviate stiffness and to improve mobility and range of motion within the feet
  • Apply a non-medicated pad over the bunion before putting on shoes to prevent friction and the formation of a callus
Conservative treatment is typically the first course of action when treating a bunion. A patient will go through this home care plan to see if it alleviates their symptoms; however, if symptoms persist or get worse then it’s time to see your podiatrist. Your podiatrist will be able to examine the bunion to determine the severity and to create a treatment plan that will help you manage your pain.

Should I consider bunion surgery?
Most patients won’t require bunion surgery to manage their symptoms; however, if your bunion pain is severe, the deformity is large, or if conservative and nonsurgical care isn’t helping you manage your symptoms then it may be time to talk with your podiatrist about whether or not you should get bunion surgery.

Worried that you might be dealing with a bunion? Experiencing regular bunion pain? If so, a foot and ankle professional can assess the problem and provide you with a customized treatment plan to help you get your bunion pain under control.

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