Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic
Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Thayne, WY & Pocatello, ID
A bunion is a progressive disorder that is treatable with early intervention and prompt care. At Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic, which has locations in Pocatello, Soda Springs, Idaho Falls, and Montpelier, Idaho, and in Thayne and Jackson, Wyoming, podiatrists Adam Matthews, DPM, and Karson Howard, DPM, offer both conservative and surgical treatment for bunions. From custom-made orthotics to 3D early weight-bearing bunion surgery, Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic provides comprehensive bunion care. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more.
What are bunions?
Bunions are bone protrusions that form at the big toe joint on the inside of the foot. These bony bumps gradually push the big toe toward the other four toes, leading to structural deformities. Bunions aren’t just progressive and painful: They can also change your gait, making it difficult to walk comfortably. Without treatment, bunions can disrupt your quality of life.
What are the symptoms of bunions?
Bunions aren’t always obvious at first. They start out small, but gradually grow over time. Treating bunions as early as possible is essential to prevent chronic pain and preserve your mobility. To prevent complications from these lumps, stay cautious of the following bunion symptoms:
- Small bump inside the foot
- Callus or corn on the skin above the bump
- Restricted motion in the big toe
- Difficulty walking
As the bunion progresses, swelling and pain in the joint may impact your ability to wear shoes. Wearing wider shoes may help accommodate swelling in the affected foot.
What causes bunions?
While some people inherit bunions, they’re highly common in those who wear tight, narrow shoes. Individuals who wear shoes with pointed toes, such as high-heels, are especially prone to bunions. Rheumatoid arthritis is another common risk factor for bunions.
What are the treatments for bunions?
Early intervention with conservative care can significantly improve your outcome if you have bunions. The earlier the podiatrists at Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic treat bunions, the more likely they are to preserve the natural structure of your foot without surgery.
The most common treatments for bunions are:
Orthotics are custom-made inserts that you wear in your shoes. They mold to the unique shape of your foot to relieve pressure, reduce pain, and cushion and support your feet.
Lapiplasty 3D early weight-bearing bunion surgery
The Lapiplasty® Bunion 3D Çorrection™ procedure involves inserting two small titanium plates around the toe joint to stabilize the foundation and return proper alignment to the foot.
Cortisone injections can relieve inflammation and pain around the joint by delivering medication directly to the area.
Other home remedies for bunions include:
- Wearing wide-toed shoes
- Avoiding high-heels
- Applying bunion patches
- Taking anti-inflammatory medication
To learn more about bunions, call Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.
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