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Bunions / Bunion Pain and Bunions Treatment


Understanding this condition
A bunion is more common in women than men due to women wearing tighter fitting shoes. This condition can cause a variety of different soft tissue and bony complaints which may result in severe pain.

Symptoms include redness, swelling and pain which may be present along the inside margin of the foot. The patients feet may become too wide to fit into their normal size shoes and moderate to severe discomfort may occur when the patient is wearing tight shoes. A "hammer toe" may occur at the 2nd toe. This is when the toe contracts and presses on the shoe. Subsequently, this may cause a corn on top of the 2nd toe.

Corns and calluses may occur on the soles of the feet, in between toes and on the bunion joint. Stiffness can occur at the big toe due to secondary arthritis, this is known as Hallux Rigidus. Other foot conditions can occur such as in growing toenails and in severe cases the bunion joint may have a fluid filled sack called a BURSITIS. This can be very painful and can become infected.

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Claw Toes and Hammertoes - Patient Education - Orthogate

What can be done for the problem?

Nonsurgical Treatment
Treatment depends on how far along the process is. Early on, simplyswitching to shoes that fit properly may stop the deformity and returnthe toes to a more normal condition. If the condition is more advancedand the toes will not completely straighten out on their own, a contracture may exist. A contracture occurs when scar tissue tightens a joint and keeps it from moving through its normal range of motion.

Pressure points and calluses caused by a contracture can be treatedby switching to shoes that have more room in the toe or by placing padsover the calluses to relieve the pressure.

If all else fails, surgery may be suggested to correct the alignmentof the toe. The main type of procedure performed for these conditionsis referred to as an arthroplasty. Arthroplasty is the reconstruction or replacement of a joint.
DIP Joint Arthroplasty
For the hammertoe deformity, an arthroplasty of the DIP jointmay be suggested. This procedure is performed through a small incisionin the top of the toe over the DIP joint. Once the joint is entered, anarthroplasty is performed by removing one side of the joint. Thisreleases the tension on the ligaments and tendons around the joint andallows the toe to be realigned in the proper position. Once the toe isin the proper position, it is held with sutures (stitches) or a metalpin while it heals.
PIP Joint Arthroplasty
One of the most common procedures to correct the claw toe deformity is an arthroplasty of the PIP joint.In this procedure an incision is made over the joint. Once the surgeoncan see the joint, the end of the proximal phalanx is removed toshorten the toe and relax the contracture around the joint. The toe isthen either held with metal pins or sutures in the straight positionuntil it heals.

As the joint heals, scar tissue forms, connecting the two bonestogether and replacing the area where the joint once was. Surgeonsrefer to this as a false joint (or pseudo joint) because thescar tissue allows a bit of motion to occur between the two bones whilekeeping them from rubbing together and causing pain.
MTP Joint Release
If clawing is a problem, then the MTP joint may also have to bereleased to relieve the contracture of this joint and allow theproximal phalanx to come into the correct position. This procedure isperformed by making an incision on the top of the toe over the MTPjoint. The surgeon then releases the tight ligaments and tendons untilthe toe easily moves back into the proper alignment. The toe may beheld in the proper alignment with a metal pin until the soft tissuesheal. The pin may remain in place for three or four weeks.

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You doctor or podiatrist can help you discover the cause of your condition. After the cause has been determined, your doctor will advise you on the best plantar fasciitis pain therapy. Most of the time, plantar fasciitis pain therapy is easily conducted at home with exercise, rest and relaxation. Sometimes staying off your feet for a given amount of time is the best form of plantar fasciitis pain therapy. Other times, a doctor may tell you to apply tape across the plantar fascia located just in front of the heel where the arch begins to allow the inflammation to subside and the foot to heal correctly.

First check your shoes for too much midfoot flexibility and check your training for changes. A detailed evaluation of changes in your training is necessary. You should start with what is called "relative rest" which means a decrease in workout intensity, duration of session and decrease in the number of sessions per week. The most important part of self treatment for this condition is being sure that your shoes offer sufficient stability and are optimal in controlling the forces that contribute to plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Check your running shoes to make sure that they are not excessively worn. This is vital!

Many people with Plantar Fasciitis experience a sharp heel pain in the morning, when taking the first steps after getting out of bed. This pain comes from the tightening of the plantar fascia that occurs during sleep. Stretching and massaging the plantar fascia before standing up will help reduce heel pain for the rest of your day! Massaging the plantar fascia can be done simply by rolling a tennisball (or rolling pin) under the foot, all the way from the heel to the toes. Keep rolling the ball or pin under the foot for about 5 minutes.

Inappropriate footwear is the No. 1 cause of plantar fasciosis. Footwear that possesses toe spring and a tapered toe box holds your big toe in an adducted and extended position. In this position, your abductor hallucis muscle—the muscle responsible for moving your big toe away from your foot’s midline—pulls on a foot structure called the flexor retinaculum and may restrict blood flow through your posterior tibial artery, the vessel that carries blood to the bottom of your foot. Tissues in the sole of your feet begin to degenerate as blood supply to this area is decreased.

A heel spur is a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. My foot X-ray showed two heel spurs extend forward by almost a half-inch. Although they can be painless, mine were not. It felt like a knife or pin sticking into the bottom of my feet when I stood up. The sharp pain returned when standing up after sitting for a prolonged period of time. The cause of the pain was not the heel spur itself but the soft-tissue injury from the bony growth as it digs into the heel pad and plantar tissue.plantar fasciitis stretches

If you experience extreme discomfort or pain on your heel, it could be caused by plantar fasciitis. This disorder is a result of inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of connective tissue running from the bottom of the heel to the toes. The classic symptom of this foot disorder is intense heel pain that accompanies the first few steps in the morning or after resting. Use ice packs to reduce inflammation. The ice will soothe the pain and alleviate the symptoms. Dip your foot in a bucket filled with ice, or apply ice packs to your heel.

Plantar fasciitis pain can last six to 18 months or longer, so it is important to be patient. Your podiatrist will evaluate your feet to determine if you need to have special supports, called orthotics, inserted into your regular shoes or your running shoes. You may be asked to stop carrying heavy weights or participating in sports until your foot heals. Your podiatrist may refer you to a physical therapist to start a series of exercises to strengthen and stretch your foot and calf muscles, including wall stretches and stair stretches. Medical Interventions.

In general, plantar fasciitis is a self-limiting condition. Unfortunately, the time until resolution is often six to 18 months, which can lead to frustration for patients and physicians. Rest was cited by 25 percent of patients with plantar fasciitis in one study as the treatment that worked best. 3 Athletes, active adults and persons whose occupations require lots of walking may not be compliant if instructed to stop all activity. Many sports medicine physicians have found that outlining a plan of “relative rest” that substitutes alternative forms of activity for activities that aggravate the symptoms will increase the chance of compliance with the treatment plan. 4

The first step is to stop the activity that caused the pain The person should alter his or her activity or exercise routines to reduce stress on the plantar fascia ligament. You should rest your feet, keep the foot elevated and use ice repeatedly during the first part of treatment. Patients should try not to run or walk too much, instead try swimming or cycling. Regular activity should be increased slowly avoiding pain with each increased level. Common anti-inflammatory medications such as asprin may reduce discomfort, although patients must make sure they get medical advice prior to starting any medication.

After stretching the related or connected parts of the plantar fascia, you can now head to a cross leg stretch that actually focuses on the arch of the foot. To do such a plantar fasciitis stretches, you need to sit down on a comfortable surface. Take one leg, bend it and place it on top of the other foot, currently stretched. Pull your toes up and hold the back of the foot with the other hand. Feel the stretching of the back of the feet. This directly applies a stretching pressure on the plantar fascia and can be very good in keeping it in good shape.plantar fasciitis sock
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