How your podiatrist in Houston, TX, can help if you have a bunion

Bunions are a common, and often painful, foot problem. In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over half of the women in this country have had a bunion at some time in their lives!

Fortunately, your podiatrist can help with bunion pain. Here at Coastal Foot & Ankle, Dr. Mark H. Moss offers a wide variety of footcare services, including treatment for bunions. With two convenient office locations in Houston and Pearland, TX, we can help you and your feet feel better.

More about bunions

Narrow shoes aren’t the only thing that can cause bunions; they can also be caused by a bone defect in your foot. The big toe joint can jut outward, rubbing against the inside of your shoe. The rubbing causes friction, which causes inflammation, and eventually, bunion formation. This bunion appears as a large bony bump on your big toe joint.

You can do a lot to prevent bunions by wearing comfortable, supportive shoes with plenty of room for your toes. If you have a small bunion, you can find relief by:

  • Placing ice on the bunion several times each day
  • Placing inserts or padding inside your shoes
  • Taping the bunion and your foot for added support
  • Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication

If you have a large bunion, it’s best to seek out the help of your podiatrist. At Coastal Foot & Ankle, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Removing calluses and corns to reduce friction
  • Performing toe exercises and physical therapy to maintain flexibility
  • Custom-fit orthotics or night splints to help stabilize and realign your toe and foot
  • Surgical treatment, to remove the bunion and straighten your toe

The caring professionals at Coastal Foot & Ankle are still seeing patients in the office, but due to COVID 19, telemedicine services are also available for certain services. To learn more about bunion treatment and telemedicine services, call Dr. Mark H. Moss of Coastal Foot & Ankle at (281) 484-2400 for the Houston office, or (281) 485-2988 for the Pearland, Texas office.