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Conservative Bunion Treatments Can Be Effective at Any Age

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Conservative Bunion Treatment

Whether you’re 18 or 80—or any other age in between—a painful bunion can really slow you down. Some people develop these bony deformities early in life, while others won’t see them until well into their middle or older ages, but no matter how old you are, they can still pose problems like blisters, corns, calluses, arthritis, joint pain, and even difficulty walking or fitting into normal shoes.

Fortunately, you don’t have to let your bunion control your life. And we have even better news. While, yes, surgery may ultimately be necessary in the end, many people can avoid it entirely (or at least delay it indefinitely) by getting serious about conservative treatments. You don’t have to be in your 20s or 30s for it to work, either!

Conservative options might include such measures as:

  • New shoes, or adjustments to your old shoes, to fit the bump without pinching it

  • New inserts or orthotics to cushion and reposition your feet to remove the source of the stress

  • Padding to protect the bump from painful pressure and friction

  • Taping or splinting that can keep your big toe positioned properly

  • Stretching, exercise, or even massage to help ease discomfort and strengthen the soft tissues surrounding the troublesome joint

  • Medications or icing to help you manage the day-to-day pain

You’re never too old to start a conservative treatment program, but one quick word of caution—the worse your bunion is, the harder it will be to stop the pain conservatively and the more likely surgery will become a consideration. So regardless of your age when the bunion first appears, it’s in your best interest to make an appointment with Dr. Sanjay Patel right away and get to work on your conservative care! To schedule with us in either Milford or Hamden, call (203) 876-7736 today.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
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Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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