They look ugly, shoes don’t fit well, and they can hurt. Bunions. At Premier Foot & Ankle Center, LLC, we offer effective bunion treatment in Worcester. At Premier Foot & Ankle Center, we are dedicated to providing the finest orthopedic and podiatric care to the members of the Worcester community and its neighboring areas. From the moment you walk into our office, you will be warmly greeted by our friendly staff who will do their utmost to ensure that your visit with us is as comfortable as possible. Incorporating the latest technology, our state-of-the-art practice specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of any issue involving the foot and ankle. This includes podiatric medicine for patients of all ages from pediatric through geriatric, foot and ankle surgery, orthotics, and sports medicine. Professional care, outstanding results, integrity, and a gentle touch are the fundamentals that define this podiatry practice.
Not only are they unsightly, but they hurt. A bunion is a painful bony bump that develops on the inside of the foot at the big toe joint. Bunions are also referred to as hallux valgus. Bunions develop slowly. Pressure on the big toe joint causes the big toe to lean toward the second toe. Over time, the normal structure of the bone changes, resulting in the bunion bump. This deformity will gradually increase and may make it painful to wear shoes or walk. Anyone can get a bunion, but they are more common in women which is generally attributed to the types of shoes they wear. In most cases, bunion pain is relieved by wearing wider shoes with adequate toe room and using other simple treatments to reduce pressure on the big toe. In some cases, an enlarged MTP (metatarsophalangeal) joint may lead to bursitis, a painful condition in which the fluid-filled sac (bursa) that cushions the bone near the joint becomes inflamed. It may also lead to chronic pain and arthritis if the smooth articular cartilage that covers the joint becomes damaged from the joint not gliding smoothly. It is important to get treatment before the symptoms progress. However, if the change in footwear doesn’t improve the symptoms, bunion treatment in Worcester may be surgical.
A bunionectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your bunion. We will consider this procedure when conservative means of addressing the problem, including properly fitting, wide-toed shoes, a padded cushion against the joint, orthotics, and anti-inflammatory medication. Another option for bunion treatment is the bunionette deformity correction. In this procedure a bunionette deformity is corrected by removing excess bone and realigning the bone of the fifth toe. Foot pain can severely affect your quality of life. Call today to discuss bunion treatment in Worcester.