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Are You Dealing With Bunions?

How your podiatrist in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois can help your feet feel better.

Are you suffering from bunion pain? Is your bunion pain making it difficult to put on shoes? if you answered yes to these questions, it’s time to seek out the help of an expert, your podiatrist. Dr. Warren Levy at Armitage Podiatry Center in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, offers a full range of foot care services, including treatment for painful bunions.

A bunion is a bony bump right next to your big toe. Bunions can be small and non-painful, or they can be large, painful, and involve the bones in your foot. They can be caused by a bone deformity and made worse by wearing shoes that are too narrow. Narrow shoes with too little room for your toes can cause your toes to crush together. Your big toe joint juts outward and rubs against the inside of your shoe. The continuing friction causes irritation, and eventually, a bunion may form.

Women are at greater risk of bunions. In fact, over half of the women in this country have experienced bunion pain at some point, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, there are a few simple remedies you can try, including:

  • Wearing cushions, padded inserts, or orthotics
  • Switching to wider shoes with more room for your toes

For larger, more painful bunions, you need to visit your podiatrist. Your podiatrist may recommend taking x-rays of your foot to determine the level of bone involvement, which will help determine treatment. Professional treatment for bunions includes:

  • Custom-fit orthotics or footwear
  • Removing calluses and corns to reduce friction
  • Night splints to help realign your big toe joint
  • Cortisone injections near the bunion to reduce swelling
  • In severe cases, you may need surgery to remove the bunion and realign your foot. Your podiatrist can discuss this option with you.

Don’t suffer from bunion pain when relief is just a phone call away. To find out more about bunion treatment and other foot care services, call Dr. Warren Levy at Armitage Podiatry Center in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois today. Call (312) 266-6326.

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