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Posts for tag: Bunions

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
November 02, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

What your foot doctor in Madison, Wisconsin wants you to knowbunions

Your foot hurts and you notice you have a large bump next to your big toe. Chances are, you have a bunion. Bunions are more common among women because women often wear high heels or shoes that are too narrow with not enough room for toes.

Fortunately, there are ways to treat bunions. One of them is surgery. So how do you know if you need bunion surgery? Dr. Neal Katz wants to help answer that question. He has convenient office locations in Madison and Stoughton, Wisconsin to serve your podiatry needs.

When you wear narrow shoes, your toes are crushed. As time goes on, your big toe can push outward, resulting in deformity of bone and increasing pain because the bunion is rubbing against your shoe, causing friction and inflammation.

Non-invasive remedies are often the first option to try before considering surgery. You can:

  • Wear inserts or padding inside your shoes
  • Try taping the bunion to cushion it
  • Change to wider, more supportive shoes

Dr. Katz might also recommend cortisone injections around the bunion. Cortisone helps to reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain. For large, severely painful bunions, surgery might be indicated. You should consider bunion surgery if:

  • Your bunion is causing severe pain that limits wearing shoes or walking
  • Your big toe is chronically swollen and inflamed from the bunion
  • Your bunion is causing stiffness or deformity in your big toe
  • You can’t get pain relief from medications or wearing appropriate shoes

Once you and Dr. Katz have decided on bunion surgery as your best option, there are several surgical options to consider including:

  • Joint fusion of your big toe
  • Straightening your big toe and foot surgically
  • Removing excess or swollen tissue surgically
  • Removing some of the bone to reshape your big toe

Bunion surgery can be a difficult decision, so don’t make it alone. Get help from an expert by calling Dr. Neal Katz, with offices in Madison, and Stoughton, Wisconsin. Call today and help your feet feel better!

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
April 03, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsA bunion is an abnormal, bony prominence that develops on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the big toe joint becomes enlarged, it forces the toe to crowd against your other toes, and the pressure exerted on your big toe joint results in inflammation and pain. Early treatment is necessary to decrease the risk of developing joint deformities.

Bunions develop due to prolonged abnormal pressure or motion on your big toe joint, most often caused by inherited structural defects, poor-fitting shoes, foot injuries, or congenital deformities. Women are generally more prone to bunions because of the shoe types typically worn, such as high-heels and narrow-toed shoes.

Bunion pain can range from mild to severe, often making it difficult to wear shoes and perform normal activities. You should contact our office if you notice the following symptoms:

  • An enlarged, visible bulge on your big toe joint
  • Restricted movement of your big toe or foot that prevents you from performing normal activities
  • Irritation, corns or calluses caused by the overlap of the first and second toes
  • Frequent pain, swelling or redness around your big toe joint

Treatment For a Bunion

Treatment for a bunion will vary depending on its severity. Identifying the condition in its early stages is important to avoid surgery, with the main objective of early treatment being to relieve pressure and stop the progression of the deformity. Many times conservative treatments, such as padding, modified footwear or orthotic devices can be highly effective for preventing further growth and reducing the pressure and pain.

We recommend the following for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions:

  • Wear comfortable shoes that don't cramp or irritate your toes and avoid high-heeled shoes
  • Apply ice to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Our podiatrists can show you how to apply padding to your foot to place it in its normal position and reduce stress on the bunion

When early treatments fail or the persistent pain associated with your bunion is interfering with your daily activities, a surgical procedure may be recommended as a last resort to realign the toe joint and alleviate the pressure. We can advise you on the best treatment options available to relieve pressure on the bunion and slow the progression of the joint deformity.



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