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By Active Podiatry
May 06, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunion  

Have a bunion? You're not alone. Millions of people suffer from bunions. A bunion is an enlargement of bone that develops at the base of Bunionthe big toe. The main symptoms of a bunion are bone deformity, swelling, and pain. A bunion can negatively affect your quality of life. Led by podiatrist Dr. Yong Chae, Active Podiatry (offices in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville) treatments for bunions. Here are 5 signs that you may need bunion surgery.

1. You have a large bunion. Not all bunions are created equal. Bunions come in mild, moderate, and severe varieties. Surgery is most often done on moderate and severe bunions. Bunions are grades on how spread apart the bones of the feet are. Your podiatrist in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville will take x-rays and make measurements that help classify the bunion deformity as mild, moderate, or severe.

2. Your big toe is too painful. Some people with bunions may require surgery, but only if their symptoms are severe. You may need surgery if your toe is too painful. The surgery is called a bunionectomy. Bunion surgery usually isn't done unless you've already tried other treatments and they did not relieve your discomfort.

3. Wearing shoes causes pain. Once a bunion is very large, it's hard to find footwear that fits and doesn't cause further inflammation. The joint may also become very stiff and sore and shoes may be too painful to wear. Bunion surgery will correct the deformity, alleviating your discomfort, and improving your foot function.

4. Your foot is swollen. A bunion can cause inflammation around your big toe joint. The inflammation may become worse by pressure from wearing shoes. Bunion surgery may also be required when chronic inflammation isn't relieved with rest, over-the-counter or prescription medications.

5. Your bunion impacts function. You may need surgery if you can't easily perform your daily living activities. The metatarsophalangeal joint helps us bear and distribute weight during a range of activities. A bunion at this critical junction of bones, ligaments, and tendons can impair the foot's functioning. As the joint becomes more painful and harder to fit into shoes, you may have to curtail exercise and other activities. Even walking may become difficult.

Say hello to healthy and happy feet. Call your podiatrist at Active Podiatry at (317) 328-6622 today to schedule an appointment in Indianapolis, IN, or (765) 362-7200 today to schedule an appointment in Crawfordsville, IN. Bunion surgery can help you feel better, move better, and relieve your pain permanently!

By Active Podiatry
January 17, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: bunion surgery   bunions  

Walking and standing are important tasks that we often take for granted. Not being able to perform these daily activities due to a bunion bunionscan make life difficult and frustrating. Luckily, your podiatrist can help you overcome your bunion pain and treat your bunion to decrease or even cure your pain and discomfort. Learn more about bunions with Dr. Yong S. Chae at Active Podiatry in Indianapolis, IN.

What are bunions? 
Bunions grow very slowly at the base of the big toe and, over time, develop into a large lump. In their later stages, bunions cause pain and discomfort, though at first they normally do not produce any symptoms. Bunions are more common in women than men, but men can also develop this condition. Many doctors conclude that bunions often relate to wearing too-narrow, too-tight, or high-heeled shoes regularly, which forces the toes into an unnatural position and causes bunions to form.

How do I know I have a bunion? 
Early stage bunions may not be as visibly obvious as those in their later stages. However, there are other ways to tell you may suffer from a bunion, including:

  • pain or discomfort at the base of the big toe
  • swelling at the base of the big toe
  • redness or irritation at the base of the big toe
  • corns or calluses
  • toes which overlap or point toward the outside of the foot
  • loss of mobility or range of motion of the big toe

Bunion Treatment in Indianapolis, IN 
Early stage bunions may only require careful monitoring and simple lifestyle changes like switching narrow shoes for a more comfortable type, to slow or stop bunion growth. However, more developed bunions will require a surgery called bunionectomy to remove the bunion and realign the bones and tissues of the foot. Since the bunion’s growth causes the toes to point outward and overlap, bunionectomy can also straighten and realign the toes to lie flat.

For more information on bunions, please contact Dr. Yong S. Chae at Active Podiatry in Indianapolis, IN. Call (317) 328-6622 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Chae today!

By Active Podiatry
April 27, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Poor Circulation  

Find out whether your foot problems are the result of poor circulation.

Do you ever notice that your feet or hands are freezing cold? Do you notice cramping or swelling in your feet or legs? Then you might be dealing with poor circulation. From the office of your Indianapolis podiatrist, Dr. Yong Chae, find out more about the symptoms of poor Poor Circulationcirculation and your treatment options.

What are the telltale symptoms?

Having good circulation is important as it delivers blood throughout the body. Circulation allows your brain to work and your heart to beat. But when blood flow isn’t working as it should, you may start to notice these symptoms in your feet and legs:

  • Cramping either during physical activity or while sedentary
  • Aching or swelling in the feet and legs
  • Tingling
  • Chronic coldness
  • Fatigue
  • Feet that easily fall asleep
  • Toes that are red, blue or purple

Poor circulation is often the result of another issue like high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol so it’s important that you visit your Indianapolis foot doctor right away at the first sign of a problem.

How do I treat poor circulation?

If poor circulation is caused by another health problem like diabetes you will need to visit a medical doctor to get the proper treatment for this condition to improve blood flow. Of course, there are some lifestyle changes you can adopt to manage your health and improve symptoms:

  • Quit smoking
  • Get regular exercise
  • Monitor blood pressure and cholesterol and keep them both in a healthy range
  • Avoid sitting for long periods of time
  • Elevate your legs when sitting
  • Wear supportive stockings or socks to help improve circulation in your feet and legs

Don’t let poor circulation affect the health of your feet or make it difficult to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. If you are dealing with symptoms of poor circulation then it’s time you scheduled an appointment with Active Podiatry in Indianapolis. Call (317) 328-6622 today!