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Five Facts on Bunions & Treating Them

Most people have heard about bunions, or have even experienced them. The painful bump that forms at the base of the big toe can lead to toe displacement and ultimately lead to bunion treatment. Affecting millions, this common condition can often be misunderstood. To shine some light on some of the confusion, here are the top 5 facts you should know about bunions.

Bunion Facts

Fact #1: A Bunion is Not Just Another Bump
Although the severity of bunions can vary, it’s important not to brush a bunion off as simply another bump. Even mild bunions can cause pain and irritation that can affect daily activities. When the big toe deviates towards other toes, the bunion forms at the toe joint. The importance of this is that being at the joint where the toe bends, pressure and pain can occur and make it very difficult to walk.

Fact #2: You Will Not Develop Large Scars
With just about any surgery, people often are concerned about scars. Due to incisional approaches and surgical techniques, scarring from bunion surgery is often minimal. At Superior Foot & Ankle Care Center, we also have patients use scar cream or silicone gel after bunion surgery. This further helps to control swelling and minimize the chances of large scarring.

Fact #3: Bunions Do Not Always Return
While bunions can possibly come back after surgery, it’s not an extremely common occurrence. Their return is more likely for patients who are prone to having bunions run in their family, and for patients who have excessive foot motion. Steps such as giving patients a post-surgery orthotic, helps to make sure the recurrence does not happen.

Fact #4: You Shouldn’t Wait for Bunion Pain to Increase
As humans we are often prone to putting things off and waiting until a condition becomes more painful before we do anything about it. However, in terms of bunion surgery patients really should not wait too long. As we age, our bone density decreases. This can make recovery from surgery much more difficult, so bunion surgery is recommended more for those in their 40’s and 50’s, rather than later in life.

Fact #5: Foot Exercises Do Help
Conservative treatments such as foot exercises and toe stretches do help to alleviate bunion symptoms and slow bunion progression. While they do not eliminate their existence, foot exercises such as toe curls and reflexing and contracting, make bunion pain much more manageable.

Schedule a Foot Friendly Consultation

We’ve had the chance to clear up some general confusion about bunions. However, bunions can often require different courses of treatment based on every individual. If you are suffering from this condition or need any other bunion facts cleared up, contact our experienced foot doctors at Superior Foot & Ankle Care Center today.

Thursday, 09 April 2015 08:15

Keeping the Heart Healthy With a Heart Walk

It is no surprise that at Superior Foot & Ankle Care Center we care about feet, but another health concern we hold close to our hearts is heart disease. That is why our team took their feet to the pavement and eagerly participated in the 2015 Orange County Heart and Stroke Walk. This event strove to raise money and awareness for the severity of cardiovascular disease for medical research and for methods of prevention.

You aren’t alone if you didn’t realize the seriousness of this condition, but here are some important facts about heart disease that reveal exactly how concerning it can be.

Facing the Facts about Heart Disease

According to the American Heart Association:

  • Heart Disease is the leading cause of death
  • Over 375,000 U.S. citizens die from heart disease
  • No. 1 cause of death in women
  • Every 43 seconds, someone in America is affected by heart disease
  • About 635,000 people a year have their first heart attack

Prevention Intervention

These statistics are no doubt alarming to say the least. So, what are a few steps you can take to help prevent heart disease?

Whether you are taking part in a Heart Walk or playing soccer or working out at the gym, physical activity is one important factor in reducing the risk of this disease. Exercising 30 minutes or more a day can manage your body weight and help eliminate conditions such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure that put stress on the heart.

Hand in hand with exercise, is the factor of maintaining a healthy diet. Heart healthy foods like beans, grains, fruits and vegetables are excellent choices. However, foods that are deep-fried or loaded with trans and saturated fats are unnatural and unhealthy. They can increase your cholesterol as well as your chances for a heart attack. Eliminating these food choices from your diet and other health-risks like tobacco, are great ways to prevent heart disease.

Healthy Heart & Happy Feet

These were just a few steps to take to keep your heart healthy. If those steps have literally left you with foot issues or if you are interested in participating in a Heart Walk with us in the future, please contact our foot and ankle care center. We are eager to help you follow the road to better health.

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