Q&A: Is Surgery the Only Treatment for a Bunion?
Find out how to get relief for this common foot condition.
Q. I have a bunion that's begun to bother me. Is surgery the only thing that can help?
A. "It depends," says Marlene Reid, D.P.M., spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association. "Bunions in the early stages can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and rest." However, if you notice a change in symptoms (like increased irritation, redness or pain), it's usually time to consider surgery. Get the best care by seeing a podiatrist. She'll be trained in the latest treatments and can prescribe a follow-up plan, using custom orthotics, if you do opt for surgery.
Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.
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