CHICAGO, IL, April 19, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Budding bunions aren't something to scoff at. A bunion is an unnatural bump at the base of the big toe. If it's unnatural, it's only natural to treat it, especially if you experience pain while walking. Since it is a "bony bump," foot creams can't fix it. To alleviate pain during daily activities, roomy shoes, bunion pads and non-prescription pain medicine are used to decrease the pressure placed on the bunion. However, nonsurgical treatments don't always produce the desired outcomes.
"If a bunion is progressive, surgical removal of the bone deformity may be required. When nonsurgical methods aren't working, patients can turn to bunion surgery, formally known as bunionectomy," says Dr. Stein, Chicago, IL podiatrist.
A bunionectomy accounts for two types of procedures: head and base treatment. A head procedure targets the bone just behind the big toe joint. If a bunion is causing a patient to be immobile at frequent times during the day, a head procedure may be required. Base procedures involve cutting part of the bone, allowing the it to be properly aligned with the toe joint.
"Like every treatment option, there will be limitations. A successful bunion surgery requires an experienced surgeon, combined treatment plan and realistic expectations. Preventative care is key to fighting off inflammation and pain, but there is always a chance a bunion can reoccur," explains Dr. Stein.
By having realistic expectations, Dr. Stein means that bunion surgery can't guarantee a patient will be pain-free or bunion-free. Post-treatment care is critical to the success of a bunion surgery.
To reduce the chance of getting another bunion, Dr. Stein recommends that patients make lifestyle changes, such as avoiding ill-fitted shoes. Dr. Stein and his staff create customized treatment plans for each patient.
Are nonsurgical treatments not helping? To schedule a consultation for bunion surgery in Lincoln Park, call Dr. Stein's office at (773) 477-3668. Dr. Stein also operates at two other locations in Uptown and Highland Park. Go to www.myachingfoot.com
for more information about office locations, staff and available services.
About Lake Shore Foot & Ankle:
At Lake Shore Foot & Ankle, Dr. Lee R. Stein and his staff offer excellent service with superb people skills. Dr. Stein is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, and he is active with the Association American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (as a fellow) and the Institute for Peripheral Nerve Surgery International Orthopedic Fellowship.Media Contact:
Lake Shore Foot & Ankle
Dr. Lee R. Stein, DPM.
2623 North Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614
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