Bunions affect your ability to walk, stand and participate in your usual activities without pain. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to ease your painful symptoms with the help of our Vineland, NJ, podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Belancio.
Go shoe shopping
Pressure from your shoes can worsen bunion pain. When you shop, look for shoes that not only support your foot but also offer plenty of room in the toe box area. If you're accustomed to wearing tight shoes or high heels, switching footwear is a must.
Pad your bunion
Applying self-adhesive pads to your bunion can reduce pressure on the bump and pain when you wear shoes.
Inflammation and redness, common symptoms of bunions, can often be managed with over-the-counter pain medications that decrease inflammation, such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium. Ice packs can also be helpful in decreasing inflammation.
Extra pounds place additional pressure on your feet. Losing even 15 or 20 pounds can bring about a noticeable improvement in pain.
Orthotics, custom-made shoe inserts designed for you in our Vineland office, reduce bunion pain by repositioning your foot and decreasing pressure on your bunion.
Stay off your feet
Standing, walking, running or any activity that requires significant time on your feet may increase pain. Avoiding these activities or making modifications to them may improve your comfort level.
Schedule an appointment with the foot doctor
Although home care methods can decrease your pain, they won't get rid of your bunion. Surgery is the only way to realign the bones, tendons and ligaments in your foot, eliminate your bunion and end your pain. Although surgery can be helpful if you have severe pain or can't do the things you need to do due to your bunion, we also offer other treatments that may reduce pain, such as night splints that improve the alignment of your joint, exercises to increase toe mobility and corticosteroid injections that decrease inflammation in the fluid-filled sac around your joint.
Bunion treatment offers an effective way to reduce your pain. Call our Vineland, NJ, podiatrist, Dr. Belancio, at (856) 839-0579 to schedule an appointment.