FAQs - Bunions
How do I avoid bunion surgery?
Surgery can sometimes be avoided through the use conservative treatments. These interventions are meant to relieve pain, so that daily activities aren’t limited. However, they will not completely resolve the bone deformity.
Start by checking your footwear. Roomy shoes with a wide, deep toe box will accommodate the enlargement. Wearing a bunion pad or orthotics can help take the pressure off of your big toe joint. Moleskin and felt patches can also be used on the areas with the most pressure.
If there is swelling, take pain relievers like such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin. Icing the painful area can also help. Remember to only apply ice to the joint for 10-20 minutes at a time, and keep a cloth between your skin and the ice.
If you have exhausted all of these non-surgical treatments, it’s time to consider surgery as an option. Remember, you don’t have to live with foot pain. Call Dr. Howard Schaengold of Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic for relief.
Do you perform bunion surgery?
Dr. Howard Schaengold is a bunion expert and often will perform surgery to correct the deformity. If you’ve noticed a large bump coming out from the joint of your big toe, it could be a bunion. This is a progressive deformity, which means it usually begins as smaller bump then keeps growing if left untreated.
In the early stages, bunions may not display symptoms. However, as it progresses, pain is usually experienced. The feet become red, tender and swollen. Sometimes a burning sensation or numbness can occur as well.
If conservative treatments don’t work, we recommend surgery, or a bunionectomy, to surgically realign the great toe joint. This involves making surgical cuts in the metatarsal, repositioning it and fixating it internally. This corrects the anatomical position of the foot.
Never ignore foot problems! If you live in the Sammamish, Issaquah, Bellevue and Redmond areas give The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic a call. We’re your bunion experts!
How are hammertoes treated?
Suffering from abnormally painful, bent toes? Poorly fitted shoes may leave your feet disfigured, but there are ways to restore their natural shape. There are several options to choose from, depending on the severity of your condition and your budget.
Wear the correct footwear. Shoes that drive your foot forward, such as high heels, crowd the toes and place excessive amounts of pressure on the toe joints. Choose footwear that allows for even distribution of weight along the length of your entire foot and provides good arch support.
Your podiatrist may prescribe custom orthotics, shoe inserts, or splints. These devices will assist in repositioning the toes and relieving pressure. Those who have flat feet may find this option the most helpful.
If your foot is displaying an unusual amount of swelling and pain, ask your podiatrist about surgical options. Your hammertoe may be able to be corrected by realigning tendons in your feet.
At The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Howard Schaengold is an expert in treating hammertoes! If you find that switching shoes isn't relieving the pain, call our office immediately at (425) 868-3338, or book an appointment online. We treat individuals from the Sammamish, Bellevue, Issaquah, and Redmond areas.
Do my flat feet need treatment?
Most infants are born with flat feet, and arches only form as children grow and the tendons that hold up the arch strengthen. In some people the arch never forms, or an injury or gait problem causes it to “fall” or flatten out. As long as your flat feet are flexible, are not painful, and don’t affect your walking, you won’t need treatment.
If you do have pain, it can often be relieved with orthotics or special shoes. In cases where the foot is rigid, you can’t walk without pain, or there is tendon damage that needs repair, you might be a candidate for surgical treatment.
Have your painful feet checked out at The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic. Call (425) 868-3338 for expert care of flat feet and all other foot problems. We have served the Sammamish, Bellevue, Redmond, and Issaquah, WA areas for over twenty years.