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By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
July 10, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: bunions  

With the warmer weather out, it’s now sandal and flip-flop season; however, you may have noticed a large bump sticking out at the base of your big toe. If so, you could very likely be dealing with a bunion, a common foot deformity that causes the joint to shift out of place. If left untreated, bunions can become worse, which is why it’s important to see your Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist, Dr. Brian Doerr, if you suspect that you might have a bunion.

Just Say No to Heels

While we know that it might be impossible to give up your high heels forever, if you don’t want to aggravate the bunion and possibly make it worse, then it’s important that you wear the appropriate shoes to protect and cushion your feet. Shoes that are too tight, bunch up the toes, or put pressure on the bunion are a no-no. However, you can still opt for heels from time to time, just make sure that the heel isn’t above 2 inches tall.

Lose Excess Weight

If you are struggling with being overweight or obese, the added weight can also put more pressure on your feet, leading to bunions and other problems. By maintaining a healthy weight, the joints and bones of the feet won’t have to work as hard or take on as much force and pressure every day. Of course, losing weight isn’t always easy, so you should consult your doctor in Fort Myers, FL, if you need help.

Warm Soaks or Ice Packs

Some people prefer cold presses when easing pain and swelling, but for others, the opposite may be true. While ice has been known to dull pain and reduce swelling, the same holds true for soaking your sore, achy feet in warm water. We believe the choice is up to you. If you do turn to ice, make sure to always wrap an ice pack in a towel before applying to the bunion (never place ice directly on skin).

Splint the Foot

While splinting the foot won’t correct the joint abnormality, it can at least temporarily realign it so that there isn’t too much pressure and weight being placed on the deformed joint. You may also talk to your podiatrist about splinting the joint at night, particularly if you experience bunion pain and stiffness first thing in the morning.

Contact Us

If you are dealing with bunion pain and having trouble getting your symptoms under control, then it’s time to see a foot specialist in Fort Myers, FL, who can help you find ways to alleviate pain and swelling. Call our office today at (239) 931-3668 to schedule an appointment

By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
April 10, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: bunions  

Bunion symptoms can make your life more challenging, whether your bunions are large or small. Comfortable shoes are hard to find, and bunionswalking more than a few steps can trigger immediate pain. Fortunately, help is available to treat your symptoms. Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist Dr. Brian Doerr shares a few things you can do to ease your pain.

Clean your closet

Are you reluctant to give up high heels or tight shoes despite your symptoms? Although you may initially be able to cram your feet in the shoes, continuing to wear these styles may actually speed the progression of your bunion. Throwing out shoes that hurt your feet and replacing them more comfortable styles is a simple way to reduce your pain. Look for shoes that offer plenty of wriggle room for your toes and adequate cushioning.

Pad your bunion

Even the slightest amount of friction or pressure can irritate your bunion. The next time you visit a Fort Myers drugstore, buy a package of adhesive foot pads. Affixing the pads to your bunion will reduce pain, irritation and numbness when you wear shoes. Pads also protect corns and calluses that form when your big toe rubs against the top of your second toe.

Pay a visit to the foot doctor

Podiatrists offer treatments designed to ease your bunion pain, including:

  • Orthotics: These shoe inserts are custom-designed to fit your foot. They help stabilize your foot and improve the position of your foot when you walk and stand.
  • Taping or Splinting: Taping or splinting your foot at night can decrease stress and pain and may help slow the progression of your bunion.
  • Cortisone Injections: If over-the-counter pain medications and ice packs are no longer helpful in controlling your pain, a cortisone injection may be recommended.
  • Surgery: Although it may be possible to slow the progression of bunions, surgery is the only way to remove them. Surgery may be recommended if your bunion interferes with your daily activities or causes substantial pain. Bunion surgery may be used to realign your joint, remove damaged tissue or bone, or fuse the bones in the joint together.

Relieve your bunion pain with a trip to the podiatrist. Call Fort Myers, FL, foot doctor Dr. Brian Doerr at (239) 931-3668 to schedule your appointment.

By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
February 08, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: bunions  

Most active people know that taking precautions like stretching before and after sports and exercise is necessary to minimize the risk of bunionsstrains and injuries. There is no shortage of information and data about how maintaining a strong core, and protecting the back and knees are all critical elements to staying physically healthy and enjoying the activities we love. But when it comes to the feet, which contain a network of bones and tendons that help to keep the musculoskeletal system in alignment and bear the weight of the entire body, keeping them healthy and supported is often an afterthought. For many people, style and basic fit are the main criteria for buying a pair of shoes, which often results in common podiatry problems like heel pain, plantar fasciitis and bunions, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. Brian Doerr, a podiatrist in Fort Myers, FL, offers treatment for a range of foot and ankle injuries for people of all ages and activity levels.

Treatment Options for Bunions and Foot and Ankle Injuries in Fort Myers, FL

A bunion is a painful bump that forms at the base of the big toe on the inside of the foot when the Metatarsophalangeal joint becomes deformed or inflamed. They tend to develop slowly, but when left untreated can eventually grow large enough to make walking and wearing shoes quite painful. Bunions also cause the big toe to lean at an angle away from the joint towards the other toes. Although anyone can develop bunions, they tend to be more common in women and are hereditary. According to Harvard Health Publications, the foot's anatomy plays a role in the likelihood of developing bunions. People with low arches or flat feet are at a higher risk.

What to Do if You Develop a Bunion

In most cases, a podiatrist can treat a bunion with conservative options like:

  • Supportive footwear (wearing high heels or shoes that crowd the toes can lead to bunions), gel pads to prevent friction between the bone and the shoe and shoe inserts like orthotics to help properly align and position the arches for people with flat feet
  • Splinting the toe overnight to realign and relieve pressure on the joint
  • Heating and icing
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories)
  • Lifestyle modifications like weight loss to relieve pressure on joints

In rare cases, a podiatrist may recommend a bunionectomy, which is a surgical procedure used to shave down and realign the metatarsal bone.

Find a Podiatrist in Fort Myers, FL

Persistent pain and stiffness can be a sign of an orthopedic injury. Don't wait until foot and ankle pain interferes with your lifestyle and daily activities - contact the office of Dr. Doerr by calling (239) 931-3668 to schedule an appointment today.