If you have a bunion on your foot you probably haven’t thought much of it unless it’s been causing you pain. Bunions aren’t uncommon – they’re hereditary actually – but are often provoked by shoes that don’t fit your feet correctly, exercising, or injuries. As soon as you start to associate your bunion with foot pain though, you’ll be looking for ways to alleviate the pain. You can control the pain caused by a bunion a few different ways, but the only way to get rid of the pain completely is to get rid of the bunion with bunion surgery.
A question we recently heard was, “will an injection help the pain caused by my bunion?” The pain experienced with a bunion is most likely due to inflammation caused by friction of the bunion rubbing against your shoe or your bones rubbing together. So, before we actually answer the question, let’s make sure you know what a bunion actually is.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is actually a bone deformity that forms on the foot when the toe moves out of place. It’s caused by an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of the big toe that creates a bump. An injection might be able to help reduce the inflammation and pain caused by a bunion, but the bunion itself and the pain it causes won’t be gone completely without bunion surgery.
Injections to treat bunions
A cortisone injection could be effective in reducing pain from the bunion, at least better than taking an oral anti-inflammatory medication. But unfortunately, the relief is just temporary because your bunion will become inflamed again when it experiences friction, or as it gets worse will continue to cause you foot pain. Other treatment options include custom orthotic shoe inserts to help relieve the pressure and pain, changing your footwear, and sometimes physical therapy. If you really want to experience relief from bunion pain then you should consider bunion surgery.
Bunion surgery is the only way to take care of the bone deformity itself and treat the bunion by making a small incision in the foot to correct the big toe joint. This is called a minimally invasive approach because it:
- Involves less trauma to the foot than traditional bunion surgery
- Less bleeding
- Minimal scarring
- Small amounts of anesthesia
- Less pain
Bunion surgery is a good option for people who are disgusted with the sight of their bunion or are uncomfortable to show their feet in public. More importantly, getting surgery to get rid of your bunion completely can help prevent you from experiencing long-term arthritic changes in your big toe joint and protect you against the inability to walk properly.
If your bunion is getting large, constantly interfering with your everyday activities, or causing you chronic foot pain, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare to see if bunion surgery is a good option for you. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.
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