Treatment Options For Bunions

Bunions are painful, bony bumps that form on the joint connecting the big toe. As bunions get worse, they can be filled with extra fluid and bone. Dr. Jade Gittens is a podiatrist in Somerset, NJ who diagnoses and treats conditions of the ankles, feet and related structures of the leg. The various treatment options for bunions are outlined below.

1. Orthotics- Orthotics can be used to relieve the pressure on your bunion and ease your pain. Orthotics are placed inside your footwear to help realign the bones of your foot. It's important that the orthotic fits properly, so you should seek advice from your foot doctor, which can suggest the best one for you.

2. Bunion Pads- You can get reusable bunion pads, made of either soft felt or gel, from your Somerset foot doctor or a local pharmacy. Bunion pads are designed to cushion tender joints. They prevent the bunion from rubbing against the shoe and relieve pressure at the inflamed joint.

3. Medications- To treat bunions, your podiatrist may recommend a prescription or over-the-counter medication to relieve inflammation and swelling and a painkiller as well. Medication will not prevent or cure bunions. When using medication, you should always follow your podiatrist's dosage instructions.

4. Surgery- If you are experiencing a lot of pain, your physician may recommend bunion surgery. All bunions are permanent unless surgically corrected. The aim of surgery is to improve the alignment of your toe and relieve pain. 

Bunions usually get worse over time, and if they are left untreated, they are likely to become larger and more painful. That bunion on your foot can be cured. Call Dr. Gittens of Somerset, NJ at (732) 412-1282 to schedule an appointment today. We will help you get back on your feet in no time.

Dr. Jade Gittens

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