Bunions are a common condition, especially as the years tick by and folks grow older. If you or your loved ones are experiencing bunions, you may find that your mobility is greatly reduced and pain could become constant. The good news is that a podiatrist can help patients treat bunions, manage pain, and reduce the risk of their occurrence. Contact Dr. Stephan Silva if you are looking for bunion treatments in Boca Raton, FL.

What Are Bunions and What Causes Them?

Bunions are deformities that develop on the joints where the toes connect to the foot. They are bony lumps and typically start on the first joint of your big toe. They can cause a lot of pain, especially when you are wearing shoes and/or trying to walk.

Various factors, including genetics and the shape of your foot, can cause bunions or make them more likely to occur. Another major factor is wearing shoes that don’t provide proper support, such as high heels. Partly for this reason, women are often more likely to suffer from bunions. However, they are still a common problem for men.

If you believe a bunion is starting to form or that you or a loved one may be at heightened risk of suffering from them (say due to family history), it’s wise to contact a podiatrist right away. The right steps now could prevent bunions or at least reduce their severity. Feel free to contact Dr. Silva for bunion treatments in Boca Raton, FL.

Bunion Treatments Explored

There are many different ways to treat bunions. Wearing shoes that provide better support or reducing how often you wear high heels or other shoes that can contribute to bunions can go a long way. A podiatrist can help you select shoes and also consider things such as custom orthotics or shoe inserts that may improve support.

Icing your feet can reduce swelling and provide pain relief. Over-the-counter and prescription pain medication can also help. Some types of medication may reduce swelling and inflammation.

In some cases, bunion surgery is needed. Tissue may be removed and joints might be fused together to reduce the risk of bunions in the future. Surgery is often reserved for severe cases and podiatrists with surgical training can perform such surgeries.

If you or your loved one are suffering from bunions, it’s time to seek treatment. You can reduce pain, increase mobility, and improve your quality of life. Contact Dr. Silva to discuss bunion treatments in Boca Raton, FL. You can reach him by calling (561) 241 9447.

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