Posts for tag: Bunions
Tired of that bunion? A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint connecting the big toe. Bunions can be extremely painful. Dr. Raymond DiPretoro Jr. and Dr. Anthony Caristo of Advanced Foot & Ankle Center, which has offices in Newark and Wilmington, DE, offer a range of specialized treatments for bunions. Read on to learn about four treatment options for bunions.
1. Taping and Padding- Taping and padding can ease your symptoms. Your foot doctor can pad and tape your foot in a normal position. This will reduce pain and stress on your bunion. Taping and padding also prevent bunions from getting worse.
2. Custom Orthotics- Orthotic devices are used to treat a variety of foot problems. Orthotic devices are molded pieces of rubber, leather, or other material that are inserted into a shoe. Orthotic devices can be helpful in treating bunions. They can help take pressure off your toes and alleviate your pain. You can get custom-made orthotic devices from your podiatrist.
3. Suitable Footwear- It is recommended that you wear flat or low-heeled, wide-fitting shoes if you have a bunion. High-heel shoes can make your bunion worse by putting excessive pressure on your toes. Footwear made from soft leather is ideal because it will relieve pressure on your bunion.
4. Bunion Surgery- Surgery may be recommended for your bunion if your symptoms are severe enough to warrant such intervention. The type of surgery performed depends on the severity of the bunion and the patient's general health, age, and activity level.
Say hello to healthy and happy feet! Call Advanced Foot & Ankle Center at 302-355-0056 now to schedule an appointment in our Newark or Wilmington, DE office. We are committed to providing high-quality patient care using state-of-the-art technologies. We will provide all the relief you need.
Woo-hoo! It’s shoe shopping time. What? You’re not excited? Come on, everyone loves buying new shoes. Unless, of course, you have a bunion. A painful bump on the joint of your big toe can really put a damper on a trip to the mall. No worries, though. Finding comfortable footwear that doesn’t rub you the wrong way can be a challenge, but if you know what styles to steer clear of, you’ll find the fun in shoe shopping again. Here’s a guideline for shoes to avoid with bunions:
Bring it on down. High heels like stilettos put pressure on your forefoot and squish your toes together. Think about it—if your big toe is forced against your other toes, your bunion will be sticking out even more, and that invites friction to the party. No one likes an uninvited guest, especially one that causes pain!
Platform wedges and high-heeled boots cause the same problems. As a rule, get used to your natural height. Other shoes to avoid with bunions are ones that are too narrow and don’t give your toes enough room to spread out and relax.
Finally, back away from that stiff style, too. You need to find footwear that is made of a stretchable, conforming material, like the new canvas shoes that are all the rage right now.
You can still be fashionable when you have a bunion if you follow these helpful tips. For more ways to keep your pain from getting worse, visit Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr., DPM, FACFAS, at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center. There are three convenient locations to choose from in Glasgow, Newark, and Wilmington, DE. Call (302) 623-4250 for a consultation today.
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Is your big toe bringing you down? Don’t let that bump cramp your style. With some extra measures, you can stay active with bunions, really—you can.
Before slipping on your running shoes, there are things you can do that can help prevent the friction that causes bunion pain. Pick up a toe separator at your local drug store, place it between your big toe and second toe and tape it in place. This will keep your joint in a more normal position. Also, you can try these exercises that increase blood flow to your big toe joint:
Sit with your knee bent and foot flat on the floor. Keeping your heel in place, lift your foot and pull your big toe to the side, away from the others. Repeat 10 times. Pretty easy, huh?
From the same position (you don’t even have to get up!), raise your foot and curl your toes down toward the ground. Gently push down on each toe to flex them. Again, repeat.
The shoes you wear make a big difference too. Be sure to select a style of running shoe that fits properly and offers a roomy toe box. Lastly, adjust your steps so that you plant your midfoot, not your toes.
Big toes don’t need to give you the blues. With a little TLC, you can stay active with bunions. To find out more ways to manage that painful bump, call (302) 623-4250 and talk to Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr., DPM, FACFAS, from Advanced Foot & Ankle Center. You can also visit our website or a location near you in Wilmington, Glasgow, and Newark, DE.
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