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Beat the Bunion Blues Before Being Benched
Date:4/24/2013


  • Shoe changes. Wear roomy, carefully-fitted footwear designed to accommodate the bunion and not contribute toward its growth. Podiatric physicians are an excellent resource for finding the right shoe and getting the right fit.
  • Padding and taping. A podiatric physician can help tape and pad an affected foot in a normal position. This can reduce stress on the bunion and alleviate pain.
  • Shoe inserts. Orthotic devices can help distribute pressure evenly when the foot is moved, stabilize the joint, and place the foot in a correct position for walking and standing. A podiatric physician can recommend the orthotic device best suited for a particular type of bunion and its stage of development.
  • Exercise. Helps to maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness or arthritis.
  • Medications. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve, others) may help control the pain of a bunion. Cortisone injections also can be helpful, and can be prescribed and administered by a podiatric physician.

Surgical options
If conservative treatment doesn't provide relief, surgery may be required. Podiatric physicians are trained to perform a number of surgical procedures for bunions. It is important to note that no particular surgery is best for every problem, and knowing what caused a particular bunion is essential for choosing the best procedure to ensure correction without recurrence.

Podiatric physicians are uniquely qualified among medical professionals to treat bunions, based on their education, training, and experience. Finding a licensed California podiatric physician is just a click away at CalPMA.org.

Podiatric physicians from across the nation will gather at the Disneyland Hotel and Convention Center in Anaheim, California for the 2013 Western Foot and Ankle Conference (The Western), June 20-23. One of the prem
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