Posts for: March, 2016

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
March 15, 2016
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

Do your bunions cause you pain and discomfort? If so, you could benefit greatly from seeing your Houston, TX podiatrist Dr. Mark H. bunionsMoss DPM, FACFAS at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates. There, they can help you get to the bottom of your bunion pain, determine how to treat it and get you back on your feet to live a pain-free life!

What is a bunion? 
A bunion is a bony growth located at the base of the big toe. When a bunion grows, it pushes the big toe towards the smaller toes, creating an unnatural lump on the inside of the foot. Due to its location, bunions take the brunt of the body’s weight, causing pain, swelling and irritation from the friction between your foot and shoe. Women are more prone to bunion formation than men, normally because of their choice of shoes. However, men can also develop bunions. Narrow, tight shoes, such as high heels or pointed dress shoes, are often the cause of bunions. Additionally, genetics put some people more at risk for bunions than others.

How are bunions treated? 
In some cases, changing your shoes is enough to prevent a bunion from growing larger. Switching high heels for a more comfortable option with a wider toe box might stop the growth of a bunion. Icing the foot with cold packs several times a day and taking over-the-counter pain killers like ibuprofen often help to relieve pain and swelling. However, when bunions pain becomes severe, the patient may require a bunionectomy to remove the growth. Your doctor can help you determine the best course of treatment for your situation.

How can my podiatrist help? 
If caught early, your Houston podiatrist may make recommendations to prevent the bunion from further growth. He may also recommend pads or gel inserts to help accommodate the bunion’s unusual shape. Custom orthotics prescribed by your doctor evenly distribute your body’s weight onto the foot and aid in relieving pain and discomfort. In severe cases, your doctor can advise you on whether or not bunion surgery to remove the growth is necessary.

For more information on the treatment of bunions, please contact Dr. Mark H. Moss DPM, FACFAS at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates in Houston, TX. Call (281) 484-2400 to schedule your appointment today!

Dr. Mark H. Moss DPM, FACFAS