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By Active Podiatry
November 08, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunions  

Dealing with bunions is a painful and arduous ordeal. If you would like to learn more about how to rid yourself of this issue, then you should bunionsask Dr. Yong Chae, a podiatrist located in Indianapolis & Crawfordsville, IN.

What are bunions?

Bunions appear when the metatarsophalangeal joint of the big toe becomes deformed. The deformity occurs when the big toe moves and is no longer in its proper orientation or position. When your footwear is uncomfortable or tight, it will rub against your bunion, causing pain due to the friction.

If your toe bends towards the rest of your toes and starts overlapping them, this is called hallux valgus. This problem will not only place pressure and friction against the bunion, but you will feel discomfort, irritation and inflammation.

What else can bunions cause?

  • Hallus Abducto Valgus, which is when the big toe moves towards the second toe
  • Hammertoes, Bursitis, Arthritis, and Corns and Calluses
  • Skin over the bunion becomes thicker and more tender

Causes of Bunions

Bunions can be caused by several things, here are few examples:

  • Flat feet
  • Foot injuries
  • Neuromuscular problems
  • Feet have structural abnormality

Pain Relief

Your Indianapolis & Crawfordsville, podiatrist can show you several treatments to help relieve your bunion pain:

  • Wear protective padding made of felt to alleviate pressure, irritation and inflammation.
  • If you suffer from corns and calluses, make sure to have them removed.
  • Wearing an orthotic device created to maintain your big toe in the proper position may help improve your condition.
  • Exercising can help you with mobility and reduce stiffness; it is a healthy addition to your overall lifestyle.

If you wish to know more about bunions and how to relieve yourself of it, then you should contact your podiatrist Dr. Yong Chae. His offices are located in Indianapolis & Crawfordsville, IN. Call to make an appointment today:

Indianapolis (317) 328-6622
Crawfordsville (765) 362-7200

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
February 18, 2016
Category: Bunion Surgery
Tags: bunions  

If you're dealing with painful bunions, and conservative treatment methods like specialized footwear or pads fail to bring you relief, you bunionsmay be a candidate for bunion surgery. Also called a bunionectomy, your Indianapolis foot doctor Dr. Yong Chae at Active Podiatry, performs this surgery to relieve people of pain and correct the abnormal bone growth that bunions cause. Learn more about bunion surgery here.

What are bunions?

Many people think that bunions are an extra growth of tissue that forms on the outside of the big toe. They are actually an enlargement of the bones in the first joint of the big toe, but can become so large or deformed that they appear to be an excess formation. They are typically caused by wearing ill-fitting footwear, including high heels, or genetic predisposition. Your Indianapolis podiatry office also sees patients with bunions that are caused by arthritis.

What is bunion surgery?

The type of surgery that your Indianapolis podiatrist performs on your bunion will depend on its severity and location. Removal may involve reduction of the bone and a repositioning of the tissues that surround it, or it could involve replacement of the entire toe joint with an artificial joint. Many bunions surgeries are performed under local anesthesia, in which your foot is numbed to the ankle but you remain awake. More in-depth surgery may necessitate general anesthesia, in which you will be asleep during the procedure.

Why would I need bunion surgery?

Podiatrists like Dr. Yong Chae in Indianapolis typically try nonsurgical treatments of bunions first. This can include changing your preferred style of footwear, applying pads or cushions to the bunions or wearing custom orthotic inserts in your shoes. However, if bunion pain persists, a bunion may be too advanced to respond to conservative treatment and surgery may be necessary to remove them entirely.

It is important to remember that surgery is not necessary for everyone with bunions, even those that have been present for a long time. If you have a bunion that needs treatment, contact Active Podiatry in Indianapolis, IN to set up an appointment with Dr. Yong Chae. We'd be happy to help you get back on your feet!