Are bunions interfering with your day-to-day routine?
Bunions are a common foot problem that should not go ignored. After all, bunions won’t get better on their own and can often get worse without the proper treatment. Fortunately, your Washington, DC, podiatrist, Dr. James Mintzer, can relieve your bunion symptoms and get this podiatric condition under control.
How to Treat a Bunion on Your Own
Before treating a bunion, it’s important to know whether or not you are actually dealing with a bunion. At our Washington, DC, office, your podiatrist can often diagnose a bunion just by performing a simple physical exam and asking questions about the symptoms you are experiencing. Most bunions can be properly cared for at home with simple measures such as,
- Icing the bunion to reduce pain and swelling
- Taking over-the-counter pain medications when symptoms act up
- Wearing properly fitted shoes with a low heel that won’t bunch up toes
- Placing custom shoe inserts into shoes to take pressure off the joints when standing or walking
- Wearing a night splint (under the instruction of your podiatrist) to reduce morning pain and stiffness
- Applying a pad over the bunion to protect it from friction
- Performing doctor-recommended foot exercises and stretches to improve joint flexibility and mobility
When to See a Podiatrist
If your bunion is regularly causing you pain or affecting the way you walk, then it’s time to turn to a podiatrist for care. If at-home care isn’t providing you with relief from your symptoms, then you should also turn to us so that we can provide you with other treatment options.
When to Consider Bunion Surgery
How do you know when it’s time to consider surgery? The most obvious sign is that home treatment and other conservative care isn’t working. If you’ve been trying to get your pain under control for months without success, or if the pain is severe and affecting your daily routine and quality of life, then surgery may actually be the best way to correct the deformity and relieve your pain.
Need Podiatric Care? Give Us a Call
If you are finding it difficult to manage your bunion pain, then it’s time you turned to the experts. Call Providence Foot Health Center in Washington, DC, today at (202) 269-4062 to schedule a consultation.