Are you suffering from bunions and looking for a long-term solution?
Dealing with bunion pain is a downright nuisance. It can be even more challenging if you find that you can’t even put on shoes without your feet throbbing. How are you supposed to go about your day? Find out how to get rid of bunions and how our team of podiatrists in Tampa, FL could help.
Can a Bunion Go Away on its Own?
While we wish we could say that a bunion can go away with time, this is simply not true. A bunion occurs when the joint at the base of the big toe goes through abnormal structural changes that cause the big toe to bend toward the other toes.
In many cases, a bunion is progressive. That means that it will continue to grow and get worse unless you take important measures such as only wearing properly fitted shoes that allow your toes room to move, and avoiding high heels (which can aggravate and make your problem worse).
Can a Bunion Be Removed?
While a bunion won’t go away on its own, your Tampa, FL foot doctor can remove the bunion for you. Of course, surgery is typically the last resort and only recommended if the bunion is so painful and debilitating that it’s affecting your everyday life. There are well over 100 different types of bunion surgeries, but we will be able to determine the best one for your needs.
But bunion surgery is not to be taken lightly. Recovery can take anywhere from six weeks to six months, depending on how much bone and soft tissue are affected. And full healing can take as long as one year!
What are my other options?
While bunion treatments won’t actually get rid of the bony protrusion, they are known to improve symptoms and make it easier to deal with your condition. Only when these treatment options don’t work do we consider the benefits of surgery. These treatments include:
- Taking over-the-counter and/or prescription pain relievers
- Icing the bunion
- Splinting or bracing the foot
- Wearing supportive, fitted shoes
- Wearing bunion pads
- Getting custom orthotics
Have questions about how to tackle your bunion pain? Want to find out if bunion surgery is the best option for you? Then it’s time you called Tampa Bay Podiatry.