I broke my ankle about three years ago in a car accident. I followed all of the doctor's instructions as my ankle healed, but something didn't heal quite right. Two and a half years later, I was still having severe pain and my doctor couldn't figure out why. He suggested that I see a podiatrist to have it looked at more closely. It turns out that there is a lot more to an ankle injury than I had known. Scroll through my site to find out what can really happen to your ankle when it is broken and what could cause the pain to continue long after the injury is sustained.
Does your big toe have a bump on it that is causing you pain? You may want to get your toe examined to find out if you have a bunion, since these won't go away without being treated by a specialist. Find out below what a bunion is as well as how a podiatrist can get rid of it for you.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is a growth on the big toe that forms on the joint. The bump can develop when you are not in the habit of wearing shoes that fit properly. You can experience a lot of pain when moving a big toe that has a bunion. Due to the size of a bump, it can make you feel embarrassed about wearing shoes that expose your toes.
Tight shoes and pointed high heels can lead to the bones in your feet growing irregularly when you wear them a lot. However, sometimes bunions are inherited from other family members. You can also get bunions from arthritis. You must get your toe examined by a specialist to find the specific cause of the problem and get treated.
How Must a Bunion Be Treated?
Before treating your bunion, the specialist will have to examine the movement of your big toe. He or she will ask you to move it back and forth to find out if the movement is limited. Getting to the root of what caused the problem will be done by giving you an x-ray. The x-ray is necessary because it will tell the specialist how severe the bunion is, as well as what is the best solution for treating it.
If the bunion is not too severe, the specialist may recommend that you wear orthotics or roomy shoes as a form of treatment. A cortisone injection can also be administered to reduce the inflammation in your joint. If your bunion is severe with pain that doesn't go away, you may need to undergo surgery. Your toe will be repositioned to a natural position by the specialist removing a portion of bone. Some of the tissue around the joint may be removed as well.
You may be able to leave a small bunion on your toe, but getting a large one surgically removed is in your best interest. Get in touch with a podiatrist as soon as possible to get your big toe examined and treated for pain relief!Share
17 July 2015