Our West Haven, CT Podiatrist Can Help You Find Bunion & Hammer Toe Relief
Bunions may be hereditary or caused by poor gait. If not properly managed, these bony protuberances can cause considerable pain and discomfort. We offer a range of non-invasive treatments, including special padding, medication, footwear, and corrective therapy.
A bunion forms when your big toe pushes against your next toe, causing a bony bump to from on the joint of your toe. This may cause the bunion skin to be red and sore. Bunions can also be caused by tight, narrow shoes, an inherited structural defect, stress on your foot, or a medical condition.
The signs and symptoms of a bunion include:
- A bulging bump on the outside of the base of your big toe
- Swelling, redness or soreness around your big toe joint
- Thickening of the skin at the base of your big toe
- Corns or calluses — these often develop where the first and second toes overlap
- Persistent or intermittent pain
- Restricted movement of your big toe
NON-INVASIVE TREATMENTS FROM DR. SEAN LAZARUS:
- Using bunion pads, arch supports, or custom-made supports (orthotics). They can help redistribute your weight while you are walking and take pressure off your big toe. Ask your doctor to help you choose the right kind of pads.
- Using moleskin or felt patches over or around pressure areas, to protect the bunion from being rubbed by your shoes.
- Taking nonprescription medicine to relieve pain and reduce swelling. Examples include acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Talk to your doctor about which pain reliever is best for you.
- Using ice to relieve pain and reduce swelling. Apply ice to the joint for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin. Elevate your foot so that your toe is higher than your heart.
- Physical therapy, splints, or braces have not been proved to successfully treat bunions. But these treatments may be helpful for some people.
- Surgery only when necessary
Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Lazarus for a comprehensive evaluation.
Common in many people, a hammer toe is an abnormal bend in one or more of your toes. Hammer toes develop over time, due to poorly-fit shoes and can lead to chronic pain, discomfort, calluses, and tendon damage.
Who is at risk for developing hammer toe?
- Women are more likely to get hammer toes due to wearing shoes that are too small or irregularly shaped (high heels, boots, etc.), but anyone can develop them.
How do I know if I have hammer toes?
- Other than a bend in one or more of the toe joints, the condition may cause skin irritation, calluses, or pain when walking or standing.
How will Dr. Lazarus treat your hammer toe?
- For those with affected toes with flexibility may be treated with foot orthotics or a special type of shoe. Those with advanced hammer toes may require surgery.