Posts for: February, 2018
The term bunion is one that is often heard about the feet. It is a deformity of the joint connecting the big toe to the foot. The onset is gradual, and over time it causes the joint to become red, irritated and painful. The big toe begins to dislocate out of position, and extra bone formation grows on the side of the big toe joint. Not only do shoes become uncomfortable and difficult to find, many people experience pain to the site.
The cause of bunions is usually due to the structure of your foot which is inherited, and other contributing factors may include wearing tight shoes over a life time, family history, arthritis, or trauma. Many people think they have bunions, but are not sure of the severity and treatment options.
At DM Foot and Ankle Associates, baseline x-rays are performed to evaluate the bunion angulation as well as a clinical evaluation. This is all performed right in office by our experienced and board certified surgeons.
Treatment options are catered to our patient’s unique situations and lifestyle needs. Early treatments may be as simple as shoe gear analysis and education or special inserts called orthotics. NSAIDs or injections may also be used, as well as incorporating exercises and special strapping and padding.
If the bunion pain is not relieved by non-surgical remedies, then surgery may be required to correct the foot deformity. Not only are Dr. Emini, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Matouk all surgically trained to correct your bunion, the doctors use the most innovative and up-to-date surgical techniques. Most of our patients complain of minimal pain after surgery, and we have our patients walking immediately afterwards. Our patients are very happy with the outcomes after their surgery.
Don’t delay in seeking a consultation for your bunions. The earlier treatment is initiated, the better your prognosis will be.
Winter can be a painful time of year for many women. As they transition their shoe gear to closed-in boots and shoes, we begin to notice more women coming into our office who are seeking relief for painful bunions. This is a trend we begin to see at both our Lemont and Orland Park office locations every winter.
Many of our female bunion patients arrive to our office in pain. The pain can range from occasional throbbing to a constant, agonizing pain. The pain may linger even when they take their shoes off. While the changing weather brings more bunion patients into DM Foot and Ankle, our doctors have noticed that some women are more prone to inquire about bunion surgery in the winter because they are less busy during these cold months than they are in the summer.
There are non-surgical treatment methods such as a simple change in shoe gear to a shoe with a wider toe box or joint injections. We may also recommend a patient purchase a bunion sleeve or spacer from our office. These types of devices are contoured shields that help minimize friction, pressure and bunion pain while a patient is wearing shoes. These are 15% off at our office for the month of February!
Surgery should be considered when your bunion continues to grow, is painful on a regular basis, or is affecting your daily activities. The doctors at DM Foot and Ankle are board certified for foot surgery and have years of experience performing bunion surgery. Most patients have minimal to no pain following surgery, and are up and walking right away!
If you or a loved one have noticed the pain of bunions is beginning to interfere with daily activities, it's time to discuss treatment options with a podiatrist. Give us a call today at (630) 863-7517 to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians at either our Lemont or Orland Park location!