AUSTIN, TX, March 26, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Patients who experience pain in their toe areas or with physical activities such as walking or running might have a bunion bump. For patients in Austin with bunions, should visit Dr. Mark Robson and Dr. Brent Wood at Austin Podiatry for proper diagnosis and treatment planning. Bunions are most commonly treated by conservative means, involving such methods as shoe modification, padding and orthotics.
"A bunion is an abnormal enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe that forms when the bone or tissue of this joint is misaligned. As a result, the toe is forced to crowd the other toes, causing pain and discomfort. Left untreated, walking and other daily activities can trigger extreme pain," said Dr. Mark Robson in Austin about bunions.
Bunions can be most often caused by a faulty mechanical structure of the foot that is inherited. The bunion itself is not inherited, but the type of foot a person has is, which then makes a person more prone to developing a bunion. Wearing shoes that crowd the toes may not actually cause bunions, but it is sometimes the reason that the deformity develops into worse symptoms. Some symptoms that occur at the site of the bunion may include:
- Pain or soreness
- Inflammation and redness
- A burning sensation
- Possible numbness
Symptoms can occur most often when wearing shoes that crowd the toes, such as in women who wear high heels, which can explain why women are more prone to developing bunions than men. When a person spends long amounts of time on their feet, it can also aggravate the symptoms of a bunion.
Patients who have a bunion should visit Austin Podiatry for proper treatment and relief from pain. It is very important for Dr. Mark Robson and Dr. Brent Wood to observe each patient's feet in order to better understand the extent of their bunion. To reduce the chance of damage to the joint, periodic evaluation and x-rays are advised for patients in Austin with bunions.
Early treatment is aimed at easing the pain of a person's bunion, but they will not reverse the deformity itself. Conservative treatments include:
- Changes in shoe wear
- Activity modification
- Orthotic devices
- Other therapies offered at Austin Podiatry
If non-surgical treatments fail to relieve bunion pain for Austin patients, in addition to the bunion interfering with daily activities, Dr. Robson and Dr. Wood may recommend surgery. A variety of surgical procedures are available to treat bunions and are designed to remove the bunion bump of bone, correct the changes in the bony structure of the foot, and correct soft tissue changes that may also have occurred. The main goal of surgery is to reduce the pain that a patient may be experiencing in Austin with their bunion.
Patients should talk to Austin foot doctors, Dr. Mark Robson and Dr. Brent Wood, at the first sign of a bunion in order to discuss treatment options and prevent progression of the deformity. For more information, patients can also visit Austin Podiatry online at http://www.austinpodiatry.com/
About Austin Podiatry: Austin Podiatry has two offices: North and South Austin. Dr. Mark Robson operates Austin Podiatry's South office, while Dr. Brent Wood operates the North location. Dr. Robson graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco in 1993, and has been Board Certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery since 1997. Dr. Wood completed medical school in 2001 at Des Moines University and completed his residency training at St. John North Shores in Detroit, MI. He has extensive experience in treating heel pain, nerve pain, neuropathy, flat feet, fractures, sports medicine injuries, diabetic care, wound care and limb salvage, among others.
Dr. Mark Robson
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Austin, TX 78745
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