Rhode Island Foot Care
Podiatry, Foot and Ankle Specialists located across Rhode Island & Massachusetts
If a painful bunion is limiting what you can do physically, the podiatry team at Rhode Island Foot Care can help. The experienced providers offer the latest innovations in bunion care, including Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction Surgery™, at the offices in North Providence, Pawtucket, Newport, Riverside, Johnston, Warwick, Cranston, East Providence, Cumberland, Warren, and Central Falls, Rhode Island, and in Taunton and Dartmouth, Massachusetts. You can expect to heal quickly and enjoy long-lasting relief from bunion pain. Call the Rhode Island Foot Care office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
Bunion Q & A
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a bony bump that develops on the base joint of your big toe when the bones in the front of your foot begin moving out of place. This misalignment causes the top of your big toe to move towards the smaller toes and the base joint of your big to stick out.
Bunions form over time, usually because the shoes you wear are too narrow or tight. You might also develop a bunion when due to:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
If not treated properly, a bunion can cause complications like bursitis and hammertoe.
When do I need treatment for a bunion?
While not all bunions require treatment, you can schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Rhode Island Foot Care if you have persistent pain in your big toe or if you lose mobility in the affected foot.
You also might need treatment if the bump on your big toe joint makes wearing shoes difficult or painful.
How is a bunion treated?
After the Rhode Island Foot Care team confirms the bump is a bunion through a physical exam and an X-ray, they customize a treatment plan based on your needs.
In the early stages of a bunion, you can relieve pain by changing the style of shoes you wear and opting for shoes that aren’t narrow or high-heeled. You might also benefit from using pads or orthotic inserts in your shoes to cushion your big toe.
For bunions that aren’t treatable with conservative therapies, surgery might be an option. The Rhode Island Foot Care team uses Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction technology to straighten your big toe and keep the correction in place.
Using specialized instruments, the surgeons rotate the bone back into position and place titanium plating technology to secure the foundation of the joint. You won’t need to wear a cast after surgery and can expect to heal faster than you might with traditional bunion surgery.
How can I prevent a bunion?
The Rhode Island Foot Care team can help you find a well-fitting shoe that’s wide enough for your toes.
You might also need to wear orthotic devices in your shoes to take the pressure off your toes and to keep your big toe straight.
If you can’t wear shoes without pain because of a bunion, schedule a diagnostic evaluation by calling the Rhode Island Foot Care office nearest you or booking an appointment online today.
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