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Richardson Podiatry Center

Get Answers to Your Questions About Foot and Ankle Problems From Our Plano Podiatrist

When you’re living with heel or foot pain, you don’t want to wait for answers. Get help fast by looking through this list of frequently asked questions with answers from our Plano podiatrist.

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  • Are Bunions Treatable?

    Are bunions treatable? Yes. Are bunions treatable without surgery? Yes and no.

    We will always uses non-surgical options first. They will ease the pain but cannot make your bunion smaller or prevent it from growing. Conservative actions could include taking painkillers, putting bunion pads on the area, icing your toe, and wearing proper shoes with enough room to accommodate the bump on your foot. We can give you custom orthotics to support your feet better and ease your discomfort.

    Surgery will be suggested only if noninvasive treatments have not relieved your pain. It will correct the alignment of your toe and may take away your bump altogether. However, you need to consider your age, health, lifestyle and severity of your bunions. The surgery could limit the mobility of your toe and keep you from activities you were able to complete before the procedure. 

    If you need treatment for your bunions, don’t wait to get help until you need surgery. Call Dr. Gene Reister at the Richardson Podiatry Center at (972) 690-5374 or request an appointment on our website.

  • How Did I Get A Bunion?

    Bunions form when you put uneven pressure on the tendons and joints in your feet. The big toe may not be able to handle the stress and, as a result, may start to form a painful, bony hump at the joint. Look around you: bunion causes could run in your family. Your foot type, often passed down from your parents, can make bunion formation more likely. Additionally, some congenital foot conditions are present when a baby is born and can lead to a bunion later in life.

    Family history isn’t the only factor. You may be more likely to get a bunion if you’re a woman. This is primarily due to shoe choices, which hasten the progression of this deformity. Women tend to wear high heels, pointy shoes, tight-fitting footwear, or poorly fitted flats. Diseases such as arthritis and traumatic injuries may change your walk and put more pressure on areas of the foot that aren’t used to the stress.

    Dr. Gene G. Reister wants to help alleviate your bunion discomfort. Call the Richardson Podiatry Center in Richardson, TX, at (972) 690-5374 or schedule an appointment online.