Bunion pain got you down? Is foot pain making it impossible to do the things you once loved? Perhaps even the thought of putting on shoes and running your errands has become a dreaded event. Bunion pain can do that. Dr Edward Lang, DPM, of New Orleans Podiatry Associates has helping New Orleanians with their foot pain or over thirty years.
First Steps to Treating Bunion Pain
Many people can easily manage their bunion symptoms and slow the progression of this common foot deformity through simple lifestyle changes. There are several approaches you can take to reduce bunion pain including,
Maintain a healthy weight or lose excess weight, which can take pressure off the feet
Wear shoes that don’t put pressure on the bunion, that provide ample support, and that have lots of room for your toes ( Dr. Lang uses anatomically correct brands like Xero, Vivbarefoot, Lems, be Lenka, and Tadeevo)
Look for shoes that have a low or zero drop heel (higher heels make bunions worse)
Apply a gel or protective pad to the bunion before putting on shoes
Talk to your podiatrist about the benefits of custom orthotics (aka shoe inserts) and how they could take pressure off the bunion when standing or in motion
Take pain relievers, whether over-the-counter or prescribed by your doctor
Warm or cold therapy such as warm soaks or applying ice can also improve swelling, inflammation, and pain (some people prefer the heat to the cold and vice versa; it’s a matter of preference. Try both and see what works best for you!)
Talk with your podiatrist ( this is their specialty )
There are a lot of products on the market today that are geared toward people with bunions. Do not be tricked into thinking that there is some miracle device out there that will realign the joint and fix this issue. The only way to realign and repair the deformed joint is through surgery; however, if you follow the tips above you may find yourself able to fully control your bunion pain without ever needing surgery.
Reasons to Consider a Bunionectomy
Of course, there are certain scenarios in which a podiatrist may recommend getting surgery to correct the bunion. Here’s when you may want to consider getting surgery,
You are in significant and chronic pain
Your bunion is severely enlarged, and the big toe is crossing over the other toes
Your activities are limited due to your bunion
Your bunion pain persists for more than a year
Nonsurgical methods aren’t completely controlling your bunion pain
You are developing other foot problems such as bursitis or hammertoes due to your bunion
Your podiatrist will always be the first person you should turn to if you have questions or concerns about your bunion. Dr Edward Lang, DPM, can create a treatment plan and help you implement new habits into your daily routine to help you manage bunion pain and to prevent a bunion from getting worse. If surgery is recommended, Dr. Edward Lang, DPM, is a master level trained surgeon in the 3-D Lapiplasty correction procedure. Take the first step to achieving a pain free step and make your appointment today with Dr. Edward Lang, DPM and New Orleans Podiatry Associates. We have locations in both New Orleans and Metaire, LA.