What is a bunion?
A bunion is the enlargement of the big toe joint. It occurs when there is a misalignment of the bone in the big toe and as a result, the big toe joint swells and pushes outwards. The enlargement of the big toe joint also pushes the big toe inwards.
Why is a bunion painful?
When the joint is pushed outwards, forming a large bump, the sides of that bump rub against one’s shoes constantly causing irritation, redness, swelling, and pain. Consistent rubbing may induce cuts that only get deeper and wider as time passes and without treatment, can become infected.
One may get to the point where the constant rubbing is painful every time one is walking with their shoes on.
There are a few treatment methods you can employ to relieve discomfort.
- Wear comfortable footwear.
- Wear a pair of prescription orthotics
- Bunion padding
- Anti-inflammatory medication
These conservative treatments serve to minimize the amount of pressure put on the bunion, relieving some of the pain and preventing further irritation. By relieving the stress put onto the bunion, it stops growing.
Cortisone vs. Traumeel
You might have heard that steroid injections reduce bunion pain and size. This is only temporarily true and a steroid injection such as cortisone does have some side effects and has to be used consciously.
At our office, we use Traumeel over Cortisone, which is a homeopathic medicine. It includes botanical substances such as chamomile, Echinacea, witch hazel, marigold and other mineral and vitamin based ingredients and works just as well as cortisone without the damaging side effects. If your doctor recommends cortisone, please know there is another safer option.
Stem Cell and PRP
Like a Traumeel injection, both a stem cell injection and a platelet rich plasma injection are organic and non-surgical. They are both extremely powerful in healing the enlarged joint.
A stem cell injection applies adult stem cells to repair the joint’s damaged tissue and simultaneously creates new healthy tissue. In some cases, the bunion- bump can disappear completely and pain is drastically reduced with the growing of healthy tissue. A PRP injection provides high concentration of platelets and growth factors. Both Traumeel injection and stem cell therapy are powerful non-surgical treatments that vastly reduce the size and pain of the bunion.
Surgery should always be a last resort. That is why Dr. Weinstock recommends trying either a stem cell or PRP injection first to minimize the bunion pain and discomfort. In the unlikely case that a stem cell or PRP injection doesn’t significantly improve your bunion condition, surgery may be necessary to correct the bunion deformity.
Schedule A Consultation Now!
Dr. Debra Weinstock is a leader in using non-surgical medicine to treat severe foot and ankle problems. First, she will take your full history and listen to your concerns, and than examine your bunion and determine the treatment that will provide the best possible outcome for you. After over 30 years of practice at the Cross Bay Foot Care Center and seeing thousands of patients with bunions, Dr. Weinstock is confident that she can relieve the discomfort of your bunion. Call 718-835-0100 now and schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstock!