Treating Your Bunions

If you are living with painful bunions in Ellicott City, MD, visit Maryland Podiatry Center for a consultation. Our experienced podiatrist, Dr. John Murphy, can provide professional treatment to ease your discomfort.

What Are Bunions?

When your bone becomes deformed due to joint enlargement at the base and side of your big toe, a bunion can form. Irritation and inflammation can result as the big toe overlaps your other toes. Bunions can continue to increase in size and impede your walking ability.

Problems Bunions Can Cause:

  • Painful walking
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammation
  • Hammertoe
  • Thickened skin on the bottom of the foot
  • Chronic pain
  • Red, sensitive skin on toes

Untreated bunions change the alignment of your toes and can also make it harder for you to stand or balance yourself properly. A bunion is not something that will go away on its own. You will have to seek treatment from your podiatrist to manage the symptoms. Warm soaks and ice packs may provide temporary at-home relief.

How Does a Podiatrist Treat Bunions?

When you visit our office in Ellicott City, MD for help with bunions, Dr. Murphy will examine your feet and recommend the best solution for you. He may suggest the use of orthotic devices to stabilize your foot or exercise for joint mobility.

We can also remove calluses or corns that have resulted from prolonged bunions. Nighttime splints may be recommended to help with toe alignment.

If your bunions are severe, Dr. Murphy may perform a surgery known as a bunionectomy. This procedure will not only remove your bunion, it will also realign the toe. Surgery is only recommended if more conservative methods have not helped your bunion symptoms.

Painful and deformed toes or feet make daily activities like walking and standing a challenge. Don’t hesitate to seek help for your bunions in Ellicott City, MD. A consultation with Dr. Murphy at Maryland Podiatry Center can put you on the path of realigned and pain-free feet. Call (410) 992-8504 for an appointment today.

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