Beating Bunions and Foot Deformities with Your Podiatrist’s Help

Bunions, hammertoes, and other foot deformities can cause pain, limit mobility, and put a damper on your daily activities. Fortunately, these kinds of problems are commonly dealt with in the field of podiatry, so there’s no shortage of options for managing symptoms and restoring quality of life.

Lionel G. Hausman, DPM, offers a variety of effective non-surgical solutions to treat these conditions and get you back on your feet comfortably. Read on to learn what you should expect when you have a consultation concerning bunions or related deformities.

1. Assessment and Diagnosis:

  • Foot Examination: Your podiatrist will thoroughly examine your feet, checking for swelling, range of motion, and any underlying issues contributing to the deformity.
  • X-rays: X-rays provide a clear picture of the bone structure and joint alignment, allowing the podiatrist to determine severity.

2. Conservative Treatment Options:

  • Padding and Taping: Strategic padding protects the bony prominence of the bunion from rubbing against footwear. Taping can help realign the big toe and alleviate pressure.
  • Custom Orthotic Inserts: These inserts provide customized arch support and biomechanical correction to improve foot function and reduce stress on the bunion joint.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: We may recommend switching to wider, more comfortable shoes with a more spacious toe box to accommodate the bunion and prevent further irritation.

3. Taking Control at Home:

  • Ice Therapy: Applying ice packs to the affected area for 15-20 minutes at a time can reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Stretching Exercises: Regular stretching exercises for the toes, ankles, and calves can improve flexibility and range of motion, potentially preventing further deformity.
  • Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Excess weight puts additional strain on your feet, which can exacerbate bunion pain.

Swift intervention via integrative, holistic methods makes all the difference. By seeking professional help early on, you can manage bunions and other deformities effectively, preventing them from progressing and stopping pain in its tracks.

When you have a foot or ankle condition or injury, you’ll want to visit Gramercy Park for an appointment with Board Certified Podiatrist Lionel G. Hausman, DPM. Whether it’s an ingrown toenail,heel painbunions, or plantar fasciitis, Dr. Hausman can expertly treat numerous foot and ankle conditions. If you’re in need of help, get in touch with us today!

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