When other, more conservative treatments do not work and you need bunion surgery, see Seattle’s bunion specialists at the Foot & Ankle Center of Washington.
We feel very strongly that every alternative to bunion surgery should be tried before proceeding to the surgery option. Surgery should be the last resort. If you do have bunions, you should visit a good podiatrist for proper treatment. Below, we list some ideas for home treatment for bunions for those who are unable to see a podiatrist specializing in bunion surgery right away.
However, if you have already tried alternative treatments, it is time to make an appointment to have your bunions treated by a specialist, right away.
Alternatives to bunion surgery
Some of the most effective treatments for bunions and bunion pain are conservative, non-invasive treatments, allowing you to avoid bunion surgery altogether. Here we offer a 12-Step Plan for Bunion Treatment which you can perform at home.
- · Arch supports in your shoes
- · Arch support sandals instead of slippers
- · Silicone toe spreader
- · Use the correct socks
- · Bunion pads
- · Toe separator
- · Bunion splint
- · Icing the bunion
- · Topical cold therapy
- · Proper shoes, properly fitted
- · Shoe stretcher
- · Stretchable shoes
These alternatives to bunion surgery have proven to be quite effective when used diligently by our patients for two months. They should help to relieve the pain caused by bunions however, if you are still experiencing pain even after two months, you should definitely see a podiatrist for further treatment.
When bunion surgery is required
A bunion occurs when the big toe moves towards the second toe and the bone behind the big toe (closer to the ankle), the first metatarsal, moves inwards causing a bump on the inside of your foot. They can be quite painful, as well as being unattractive and creating problems finding shoes which fit comfortably. When every alternative to bunion surgery has proven to be ineffective in treating your bunion, surgery becomes the last resort.
Generally, bunion surgery can be classified into two major categories,
- 1. Head procedures (around the great toe joint)
- 2. Base procedures (near or at the joint behind the great toe joint)
At the Foot & Ankle Center of Washington, we use the following criteria to determine first, if bunion surgery is necessary and second, which type of bunion surgery is most likely to be effective.
- · You have a bunion - determined by clinical exam and x-rays.
- · You feel you have exhausted all conservative care.
- · Bunion interferes with daily activities.
- · Pain inside the joint.
- · You would like surgery sooner than later
Our doctors are skilled foot and ankle physicians with advanced training, respected credentials, and meaningful experience. Drs. Hale and Huppin are expert in the conservative treatment of bunions, as well as in the most effective types of bunion surgery.
Make an appointment today for the most effect treatment of your bunions.