Posts for: September, 2018
A bunion is a common foot deformity that affects up to 37 percent of the American population, ages 18-65, according to a study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. Bunions change the way your feet look, how they feel, and how they fit into your favorite shoewear. In some cases, patients develop additional foot problems, like hammertoes and painful calluses. Learn how you can become bunion-free and save your feet with the help of Dr. Henry Slomowitz, a foot doctor serving patients in Paterson, and Paramus, New Jersey.
Living with Bunions
Bunions, also called Hallux valgus, is a foot condition that can be difficult to live with—especially when the foot becomes rigidly deformed. It is caused by a progressive shifting of the large toe toward the other toes. The joint on the side of the foot moves in the opposite direction, causing a large bony bump to form. The front of the foot begins to look triangular in shape. The toes can squeeze together and overlap, making them look tangled. Bunions are usually caused by wearing tight pointy shoes that press the toes together unnaturally. This condition is also hereditary in some patients because of the way their feet are shaped and structured.
Bunions can usually be treated conservatively if you seek help from your foot doctor when they start to form. These are some of the possible treatments:
- Protective padding placed between the toes and around the feet.
- Orthotic supports and shoes.
- Splints worn while sleeping to realign the joints.
- Joint exercises and physical therapy.
- Removal of painful calluses on the feet.
- Bunionectomy surgery in more advanced cases.
Keeping Your Feet Bunion-Free
It's important to be aware of the daily actions that caused you to develop a case of bunions in the first place. Here are some tips for keeping your feet free from bunions:
- Toss uncomfortable shoes and trade them in for footwear that's roomier around the toes.
- Wear your prescribed orthotic devices.
- Keep the feet and joints flexible with daily foot exercises.
Getting Your Feet Back to Normal
See your foot doctor to learn the ways that your bunions can be treated, and how you can get relief from physical and aesthetic discomfort. Call (973) 684-1011 or (201) 599-9255 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Henry Slomowitz at his office in Paterson or Paramus, NJ (also serving Ridgewood, NJ patients).