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By Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels
April 18, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: bunions  

When life begins to revolve around your bunions, it's time to pay a visit to your podiatrists, Drs. Brandon and Sarah James of Foot & Ankle BunionSurgery of New Braunfels.


Managing your bunion pain

If you have been experiencing minor bunion discomfort, there are several at-home remedies and strategies that may help reduce the pain. These include:

  • Making different footwear choices: High heels or tight shoes that press against bunions can worsen the pain and potentially quicken the progression of your foot condition. Although wearing certain shoes won't necessarily cause bunions, it can be a contributing factor if you have a hereditary foot imbalance. Shop for shoes that offer plenty of room in the toe box and provide additional cushioning.
  • Protect your bunion: by applying cushioning pads that reduce pressure.
  • Soak your feet: Corns and calluses often accompany bunions and add to the pain. To counteract this, soak your feet in warm water every night for 15 minutes before using a pumice stone to remove a few layers of hardened skin. Do not attempt to treat corns and calluses at home if you have diabetes.

For more serious cases, your New Braunfels podiatrist offers treatments and strategies that will help ease your bunion symptoms, including:

  • Night Splints: Splints improve the alignment of your foot while you sleep.
  • Taping: Your foot doctor can show you how to tape your bunion during the day to minimize pain.
  • Orthotics: Orthotics are prescription shoe inserts specially designed to address your foot condition. They not only improve the position of your foot when you wear shoes, they also cushion your foot and reduce pressure on your bunions when you stand and walk.
  • Exercises: Your podiatrist will show you exercises that will reduce stiffness in your joints and may even help you avoid arthritis.
  • Surgery: If your bunion is very painful or interferes with your daily activities, surgery may be recommended. Surgery gets rid of the bunion, removes inflamed tissue and straightens your toe.

Are you tired of living with bunion pain? Call your New Braunfels, TX, podiatrists, Drs. Brandon and Sarah James of Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels at (830) 387-4427 to schedule an appointment.

By Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels
December 10, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunions  

Foot BunionBunions are one of the most common foot problems facing patients today. Although they're typically not serious and can usually be treated with conservative methods, they can still cause pain and discomfort, making it difficult to place pressure on the foot or wear your favorite shoes. The podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels, Drs. Brandon and Sarah James, offer a number of treatment options for bunions, including surgery for severe enough cases.

Relief for Bunions

A bunion is a bony protrusion at the base of the big toe which causes the toe to bend away from the joint and towards the other toes. They result from a deformity of the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint and can affect anyone at any age, however, there are a few factors that can increase the risk of developing one.

Signs and Symptoms of Bunions

The most obvious and recognizable symptom of a bunion is a bump at the base of the affected toe. Depending on the size of the bunion and the type of shoes you wear, there may be friction which causes the skin over the bunion to become red and irritated. Other symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Corns and calluses
  • Limited range of motion or mobility issues

Bunions don't always have a clearly identifiable cause, but some of the most common risk factors include:

  • Foot type and family history
  • Congenital joint deformity
  • Trauma or injury
  • Arthritis
  • Wearing high heels or tight, narrow shoes that crowd the toes

Bunions are not always preventable, but choosing comfortable shoes with adequate support is the best way to protect your feet from bunions and other foot and ankle injuries. If you have issues like flat feet or low arches, ask the podiatrist about the best type of supportive footwear.

How Bunions are Treated

In most cases, conservative treatments are sufficient to ease symptoms and relieve pressure on the joint. In rare cases, the podiatrist may recommend surgery to repair the joint. Potential conservative treatments include:

  • Splinting to help realign the joint
  • Padding to prevent the formation of corns and calluses
  • Orthotic inserts to help properly align and support the foot
  • Physical therapy

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For more information about bunion prevention and treatment, contact Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels by calling (830) 387-4427 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brandon or Dr. Sarah today.

By Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels
July 25, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: bunions  

BunionsBunions grow slowly over a long amount of time and often begin painlessly. However, these facts do not negate the fact that, if left untreated, bunions can cause serious pain, discomfort, and other issues. Luckily, this condition is treatable with help from your podiatrist. Find out more about what causes bunions and how your foot doctor will work to treat them with Dr. Brandon James and Dr. Sarah James at Foot and Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels in New Braunfels, TX.

What is a bunion? 
A bunion is a bony growth located around the base of the big toe which causes a lump on the inside of the foot. As it grows, a bunion becomes larger and causes the big toe to grow inwards toward the smaller toes. This causes them to overlap, resulting in corns and calluses. Though it grows very slowly and often causes no issues in its early stages, the bunion itself eventually causes the patient to feel pain and discomfort, especially after standing for a long period of time.

What causes bunions? 
Bunions come from a variety of factors. Genetics play a role in bunion development as you inherit the type of foot you have, which may be more susceptible to this condition. Women are more likely to get bunions than men, though both sexes can suffer from a bunion. Bunion development is also linked to wearing shoes that are too tight, too narrow, or high-heeled. Wearing these kinds of shoes squeezes the toes and forces them into an unnatural position which can contribute to a bunion forming.

Bunion Treatments in New Braunfels, TX
Treating a bunion may begin by simply monitoring its progress and making small lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain types of shoes to ensure that it does not grow any bigger. In their later stages, bunions may require a surgery called bunionectomy which removes the growth altogether and, if necessary, realigns the bones and connective tissues in the toes to allow them to lay flat.

For more information on bunions, please contact Dr. Brandon James and Dr. Sarah James at Foot and Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels in New Braunfels, TX. Call (830) 387-4427 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels PLLC
February 04, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunions  

Find out the various treatment options that can help you manage your bunion symptoms.

A bunion is a sometimes-painful swelling of the joint at the base of the big toe. A bunion shows up slowly over time and causes the big bunion treatmenttoe to push inward toward the other toes. Since the bunion is at the joint where the toe bends, this means that all of your body weight is being placed on this area. This can cause some pretty nasty discomfort, among other issues. If you have a bunion, find out how your New Braunfels, TX podiatrists, Drs. Brandon and Sarah James, might treat it.

Even though a bunion is permanent unless removed surgically, there are some ways to manage your symptoms and prevent the progression of your condition. For those with more minor bunion issues, you may find that just changing your shoes is all you’ll need. Swapping out high heels and tight-fitted shoes for ones that are roomy and low-heeled may make all the difference.

These are also some other treatment options to manage your symptoms. Talk to your foot doctor in New Braunfels about which approaches might help you the best:

  • Maintain a healthy weight. If you need to lose weight then consider changing your diet and exercising more often.
  • Place a bunion pad or moleskin pad over your bunion to protect it from friction and irritation when wearing shoes.
  • Wear custom-made shoe inserts to reposition the foot so it’s properly in alignment. Sometimes a foot imbalance is to blame for bunions, and shoe inserts can help to correct the issue and reduce symptoms.
  • Take OTC non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Opt for icing the painful joint a couple times a day for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time.

If no standard or conservative treatment options offer you the relief you need, or if you are experiencing severe pain, then you may want to talk to us about whether surgery is the next best option.

Turn to Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels, TX for all of your foot-related problems and concerns. We are here to make sure that your feet get the care they deserve.