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Bunions can be irritating and unsightly, and can become a nuisance if the condition progresses. Bunions exist as enlarged bumps along the side of the big toe joint. They can be caused by ill-fitting footwear such as high heels, and are a commonly inherited problem. If the bunion growth becomes large enough, it can lead to discomfort and pain. Treating your bunion condition should start with consulting your podiatrist about correcting measures such as orthotics or proper footwear.

To avoid extended pain, consider bunion treatment as soon as possible. For more information about bunion treatments, consult with Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Kenny VaccaroKenny Vaccaro of the New Orleans Saints sustained a fracture in his left ankle during a game versus the Carolina Panthers; As a result, Vaccaro will undergo foot surgery according to Sean Payton.

The injury, believed to end Vaccaro's season, consisted of his ankle rolling up and bending awkwardly during the first quarter. An air cast was placed in Vaccaro’s leg before he was hauled off the field. "It's a fracture in the ankle," Payton said. "It's fairly clean." Vaccaro was considered to be by many analysts among the NFL’s top rookies.

Depending on your condition, you may need foot or ankle surgery. If you feel you need surgery, consult podiatrist Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can evaluate your foot or ankle condition and decide whether or not surgery is best for you.   

When Surgery is Necessary

Foot and ankle surgery are reserved in cases when less invasive procedures and treatments do not help with the problem.  Although surgery is generally considered to be a last resort, when undertaken it can provide a permanent pain relief than before and allows you to resume the activities your foot problem has prevented you from enjoying otherwise. This includes:

· Foot deformities (bunions, bone spurs)
· Painful nerves
· Congenital deformities
· Misaligned bones

The type of surgery you will undergo is dependent on the problem at hand. For painful bunions, you may undergo a bunionectomy. Surgical fusions can help realign bones while nerve removal can help get rid of painful nerves and the tissues that surround them.  With advancing, evolving technology and surgical techniques becoming more sophisticated, many procedures are now being performed with small incisions and more precise instruments, allowing for faster recovery times.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Diabetic ShoesAccording to Mike Tran of the Missoulian and Therapist of the Rehabilitation Institute of Montana, shoes you wear can either escalade or lessen the effects of arthritis throughout your lower body, and upper body as well.

Since we are on our feet for most of the day, the type of shoe we wear can have a significant effect on our feet but other parts of our body as well. Tran also adds, that the type of shoe worn should be decided by the kind of arch one has, rigid or flexible. Tran recommends people to be cautious on minimal running or barefoot-style running shoes. According to Tran, these shoes have lack of arch support, and are appropriate for only a very select number of people.    

Early detection of foot deformities arthritis can help prevent more severe secondary mechanical strains. If you are suffering from foot pain and think it might be caused by arthritis, you should seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A.  Dr. Wynn can examine your foot pain and rule out other conditions, such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, to help in a diagnosis of arthritis.

Arthritic Foot Care

In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

-Specific exercises may help; stretching the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury. Stretching can also increase your mobility.
-Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, as well as topical medications with Capsaicin.
-Massages can also help to alleviate pain temporarily.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions may vary, and a foot specialist can help you determine the right health care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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http://static.entertainmentwise.com/photos/Image/jj.jpgThe Voice coach and singer Jessie J brokeher foot two years ago, but still is suffering repercussions. She recently had to visit a physical therapist to pop back in her bone in her foot. Jessie J suffered the repercussions of reconstructive ankle surgery she had two years ago.

Back in 2011, Jessie J was forced to perform at Glastonbury sitting in a gilded throne, as her left foot was in a surgical boot following that ankle break in early June. The singer went extensive reconstructive surgery, receiving a bone transplant and fusion, then had metal fittings and plate into her foot. Jessie J continued to wear high heels, even after doctors warned her to take it easy. “Come on foot. I believe in you. Pop back in and behave! Ouch!” said Jessie J.  

It is important to carefully consider all treatment options before choosing a surgical treatment. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain and are considering surgery, you should seea podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. understands how crucial foot surgery is before making adjustments and getting back into the game. With Dr. Cornell’s help, your injury can be evaluated properly and the right treatment options can be provided for you.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Reconstruction to attend injuries caused by accidents or malformations

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will be dependent on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings

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If you have any questions, please contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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While women are nine times as likely to get bunions as men, the condition does not seem to further discriminate with young women being affected as well.  26-year-old Kacey Barker of Massachusetts found herself with a painful bunion that kept getting worse and even caused her to limit the athletic activities she participated in.  “A lot of my friends thought bunions are for women who are old or who wear high-heeled shoes for decades,” said Barker.  Barker, who tends to select more supportive and sensitive shoes, chose to have surgery to correct the problem after the pain became unbearable.  “There’s a misconception that shoes cause the bunions.  Shoes aggravate it and make it symptomatic.  It starts to occur in the early phases of young adulthood, and as time goes on, it progresses,” said Michael Trepal, professor of surgery at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.  

Bunions themselves are a common problem women face. If you are experiencing toe pain or foot pain that you think might be related to bunions, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A.  Dr. Wynncan examine your bunions, diagnose the condition, and provide the appropriate treatment options to you.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office, which is located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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