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Frequent Foot Questions: What You Want to Know About Ankle and Foot Health

Exploring medical options to cope with pain can be very overwhelming, and it can be hard to know where to start. Here, we share our most commonly asked questions from people just like you. Whether you are wondering what is causing your pain or trying to find out what treatment options are available to you, find answers here in our frequently asked questions section.

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  • Are bunions painful?

    Anyone who has wondered “are bunions painful” should know that they typically are, but they don’t have to prevent you from participating in your regular activities. As your big toe dislocates more and more from its natural position, creating the bulge at its first joint, your shoes rub against the bump and irritate it. The incorrect alignment in the toe also changes the way your foot pushes off the ground and can create additional conditions. The longer the problem exists without being treated, the worse it tends to get, increasing any discomfort you may be experiencing.

    Fortunately, there are conservative treatments that can help you manage the issue. You can slow the progression of the problem and decrease your pain so that you can do the activities you enjoy. If you or someone you care about is struggling with bunions, seek help for it sooner than later. Contact Dr. Darren Silvester here at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton, TX, for an appointment by calling (830) 569-3338 or using our website request form.

  • Do I need special shoes for bunions?

    You may or may not need special shoes for bunions, depending on the pain you experience from your condition. You should avoid footwear that will exacerbate the problem, like high heels and shoes with a pointed toe box. Otherwise, any supportive styles you have that don’t cause discomfort should be fine to wear.

    If the bump is aggravated by your footwear, however, you may want to invest in special shoes for bunions. These have wide, deep toe boxes that accommodate your foot shape. They also have support through the midsole to help prevent exerting unnecessary pressure on the ball of the foot. They are often stretchable as well, so they decrease irritation in your joint.

    If you’re struggling with a bunion, don’t just hope it will get better on its own. Contact Dr. Darren Silvester at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton, TX, to make an appointment that will take care of the problem. Fill out our website contact form or call (830) 569-3338 to reach our office.

  • What can I do at home to relieve bunion pain?

    There are certain measures you can take for at-home relief for bunion pain. Use shoes with wide, deep toe boxes and low heels that limit pressure on the bony protrusion. Wear gel or moleskin pads around the bump to help cushion it and limit friction against the skin. Sometimes taping the toe or wearing a splint at night can help as well. Much of the pain related to bunions develops when the joint is irritated and inflamed. Ice the joint regularly to discourage swelling and reduce any inflammation.

    For persistent bunion pain you may need more than just home remedies. Sometimes orthotics or injections of pain medications are necessary. Serious cases may require surgery. Contact Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton, TX, for an appointment or more information about caring for your bunion. Call (830) 569-3338 or fill out the website contact form to reach us.