Deformities in your feet can become serious problems without the right treatment. And, foot deformities like bunions are more common than you might think. Bunions won’t go away on their own, so you’re going to need to seek treatment for this podiatry condition. But, does that mean surgery?
You might prefer conservative, non-invasive techniques to address foot deformities like the bony bump of a bunion without having to pursue surgery. Often, this is an effective approach, especially if you seek treatment promptly, before your condition worsens and becomes too severe for nonsurgical forms of treatment to provide you relief or support.
From his practice in San Jose, California, Dr. Leonard Greenwald provides expert care and treatment for bunions. If you’re not ready to consider surgical treatment for a problem bunion, here are some other options for effectively addressing your problem. Could one of these nonsurgical approaches work for you?
Taking the pressure off
Bunions appear at the base of your big toe. Over time, pressure on that area of your forefoot can result in this type of foot deformity. Bunions typically worsen over time without appropriate treatment. Your bunion may become more pronounced, with more discomfort and inconvenience resulting from the increased malformation.
One good way to address bunions is to simply work on taking pressure off your feet. Ill-fitting footwear and high heels often contribute to bunions, so you might need to change what you wear on your feet. Your bunions may also improve if you can change the amount of time you spend on your feet.
Pursue padding and protection
Non-invasive techniques like padding are also available to give your feet extra cushioning and protection. Padding can relieve pain associated with mild to moderate bunion problems.
You may additionally benefit from custom orthotics from Dr. Greenwald. Orthotic inserts change the biomechanics of your feet and ankles, relieving stress in key areas. Not only do orthotics keep you comfortable, but using them over time can help correct non-severe bunions.
Custom-made orthotics from a professional podiatrist are designed specifically for you. With custom orthotics, you improve on the results you can get with over-the-counter orthotic products.
If you do need surgery …
Not all bunions can be addressed non-surgically. If your foot condition is sufficiently severe, surgery might be your best option for relieving foot pain and restoring your foot’s proper shape and function. Dr. Greenwald evaluates your condition using a physical exam and diagnostic imaging like X-rays to determine which course of treatment is right for you.
Dr. Greenwald uses minimally invasive techniques whenever possible in your bunion surgery procedure. A local anesthetic keeps you from feeling discomfort during surgery.
For effective bunion treatment with the most non-invasive strategies possible, get in touch with Dr. Greenwald today. Schedule your initial consultation by calling our office or requesting an appointment online.