Bunions can often cause pain or swelling and make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. However, serious complications such as arthritis and deformity can arise if a bunion is left untreated. Fortunately, there are several bunion treatment methods provided by Dr. Chanda J. Corbin in Romeo, MI, that can relieve your uncomfortable symptoms. Her approach to bunion care includes numerous options such as orthotics and medication, as well as surgical treatment, if necessary. When determining which type of treatment is best for you, you will want to consider factors such as the symptoms you regularly experience, the size of the bunion, and whether you are seeking a temporary or long-term solution for your condition.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion forms when the bone making up the big toe joint moves out of alignment. Bunions typically develop due to abnormal pressure or positioning of the big toe such as regularly wearing tightly fitted shoes. In some cases, it could even be due to your genetics.
This malalignment is often characterized as a bulging bump on the outside of the big toe near the base. Bunions may also be red and feel warm or tender. They can also cause painful symptoms and restrict movement of your toe or foot. Patients with a bunion often experience pain when a shoe is rubbing against the growth or when walking as it must support your body weight.
Slowing the Growth of Bunions
The only effective way to slow down the growth of your bunion is to wear orthotic insoles and supportive shoes. These inserts are able to control the motion of your arch, relieving the continuous pressure that is usually placed on the bunion when walking.
Bunion straps or splints are often used by patients to relieve the pain; however, they are not a long-term solution. Dr. Corbin provides custom foot impressions using plaster. Patients' feet are held in a neutral position to create the most accurate and precise measurements. These impressions are then sent to a lab that specializes in creating high-quality orthotics to fabricate your insert. Collaborating with a local company reduces shipping time so patients can receive their insoles in approximately two to four weeks, depending on the complexity of your orthotic.
Non-Surgical Bunion Treatment
Non-surgical treatment may provide effective relief from your symptoms. Conservative treatment provided by Dr. Corbin includes:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Custom-made orthotics
Patients should also begin wearing better fitting shoes that provide more space for the toes and foot. However, patients suffering from severe symptoms or significant interference with daily activities may require surgical intervention.
The extent of surgery typically depends on the size of the bunion. There are several options for surgical treatment. However, Dr. Corbin typically performs one of three popular procedures. For small bunions, Dr. Corbin may be able to simply shave it off.
To ensure the least likelihood of recurrence, Dr. Corbin will complete an in-depth evaluation and consultation to recommend the most appropriate treatment method.
Larger bunions may require a bunionectomy and metatarsal osteotomy. During the first portion of the procedure, the doctor will make an incision on the side of the bunion and resect the prominence. The first metatarsal, or the bone just behind the big toe, is then repositioned and set in place with one or two screws. Immediate weight-bearing is usually permitted in a surgical shoe.
Severe bunions may require fusion of the great toe joint, which will provide long-term best results. Recovery involves a period of non-weight-bearing to achieve uncomplicated post-operative course.
To ensure the least likelihood of recurrence, Dr. Corbin will complete an in-depth evaluation and consultation to recommend the most appropriate treatment method for you. All surgeries are provided on an outpatient basis by Dr. Corbin at Beaumont Medical Center for convenient and high-quality care.
Serving Your Best Interest
Dr. Corbin understands that not every patient needs surgery, and she will not unnecessarily persuade patients to undergo a procedure with which they are not comfortable. Learn more about bunion treatment options by contacting us online or calling (586) 372-7200 to schedule your consultation.
Do not let foot and ankle problems slow you down. Put your best foot forward with the professionals at Washington Foot and Ankle. Call (586) 372-7200 to make a same-day appointment or schedule online. We will be more than happy to help you get back on your feet.