What might you have in common with the rich and famous?
Bad feet? More likely.
Celebrities may have great style, and are seemingly unaffected by the problems of us ‘commoners’, but when the camera turns away they have the same health problems as everyone else.
Paris Hilton suffers from painful bunions. In fact, her fashionable designer heels so often reveal her feet that her foot problems are a commonly known fact.
What’s causing her bunions? We know that high heels are awful for the musculoskeletal system, but in the majority of cases bunions are hereditary with heels simply being a contributing, exacerbating factor.
Bunions are a very common problem seen at Dr. Weinert’s podiatric offices. With this condition, patients will complain of a painful bump, typically at the base of the big toe joint. This bump is a bone deformity typically caused from an imbalance or misalignment of the foot caused from instability or traumatic injury.
Bunions usually enlarge over time and can cause toes to move out of place. This can result in further problems such ashammertoes. As the bump grows, rubbing and friction against shoes worsens, causing a lot of pain and discomfort as it becomes irritated and inflamed. Patients report pain in the big toe joint and along the inside of the foot while wearing certain shoes while exercising.
Simple activities such as walking and wearing shoes can aggravate this condition and even lead to chronic pain. Many patients have reported that it does get worse over time and often present a family history of it.
Treatment for Bunions
Dr. Weinert is able to treat bunion conditions both conservatively and surgically depending upon the severity of the bunion. After a thorough examination, including clinical and gait analyses, an appropriate treatment plan will be decided. Some of the common treatments provided to patients at our Troy, MI office include,
- Injections to temporarily relieve pain from inflammation of the bunion area
- Use of gel bunion shields to protect and cushion the bunion
- Recommendation of shoes with wider toe boxes to accommodate the boney prominence
- Removal of corns and calluses that can occur from friction of the bunion and toes inside footwear
- Custom orthotics that help stabilize the foot
- Surgical correction
The majority of the Dr. Weinert’s bunion patients prefer to have bunion surgery to correct their problem. The bunion procedure, depending upon the severity, can be as easy as the patient being able to walk right after the surgery. More extensive cases lengthen the recovery time.
The newer advanced surgical technology used by Dr. Weinert allows more of a minimal incision procedure to be performed to adequately correct more of the mild to moderate bunion deformities. Surgery recovery is alot quicker, patients are able to walk sooner than before and as long as patients are compliant, usually have an unremarkable recovery.
Dr Weinert has experienced a high success rate of treatment with his bunion patients and his treatment continues beyond the simple surgical procedure. After patient is properly healed, Dr Weinert will usually get a patient into a custom orthotic device to correct their foot pathology or malalignment to ensure that the condition does no re-occur.
For further information about the effects of obesity on feet, contact Dr. Weinert’s Warren office at 586-751-3338 (FEET), or his new Troy office at 248-362-3338 (FEET). You can also visit www.FootPhysicians.com, or Dr. Weinert’s office website for more information at: www.stopfeetpainfast.com