Bunions are a painful foot condition that affects many people. At the offices of Joseph C. Taub, our podiatry doctor, is experienced in treating bunions in Stuart FL so patients can walk pain free again. Bunions are a progressive foot condition that affects the joint of the big toe, causing deformities and the metatarsal bone to spread so that the big toe appears to be moving inward. This causes the joint to become enlarged and deformed and very easily irritated. The bunion sticks out, becoming irritated when rubbed against shoes. Arthritis also affects the joint more easily, causing it to be stiff and sore.
Many bunion deformities can progress if not treated in time. A bunion progressing from stage to stage can be debilitating. Over time the patient will need either foot surgery or modified shoes. Hammertoes, calluses, plantar fasciitis and shin splints can all become complications stemming from bunions. Treating bunions in Stuart FL are our specialty and include non-surgical as well as surgical options. The ultimate goal of treatment is to relieve toe pain and to prevent the bunion from progressing. Non-surgical treatments include wearing comfortable shoes, using bunion pads or arch supports, and using custom made foot supports called orthotics.
If you are unsure what type of shoe or orthotic to use for your bunion treatment, you can contact our podiatry office. Treating bunions in Stuart FL also includes non-surgical pain relieving options like using acetaminophen and anti-inflammatory medicine. Ice can also help to reduce the pain and swelling associated with bunions. If surgery is needed and the bunions are extremely restrictive, we may recommend surgery as an option, which is usually very effective in patients and serves to eventually relieve them of pain completely or minimally. For more information, call our offices and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff.