Kent Jarvis, DPM
Board Qualified Podiatrist located in Humble, TX
Between 10-25% of adults have bunions, painful bony growths that form at the base of the big toe. If you’re one of them, bunion treatment can provide relief, restoring your mobility and quality of life. At his Houston-area practice, Kent Jarvis, DPM, offers various types of bunion treatment, including custom orthotics, minimally invasive surgery, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). To schedule an appointment at The Woodlands or Atascocita, Texas, location, book online or call to speak with a staff member today.
Bunion Treatment Q & A
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a tough, swollen bump that forms when your big toe pushes up against your second toe. This pressure pushes the joint at the base of your toe big toe outward, resulting in pain, inflammation, and stiffness.
Anyone can experience a bunion, but they’re especially common in women and people who wear tight or ill-fitting shoes that crowd the toes.
What is bunion treatment?
Bunion treatment refers to a variety of procedures that help manage pain, swelling, redness, soreness, and other bunion-related symptoms. Dr. Jarvis has years of experience developing safe and effective care plans that encourage mobility and your body’s natural healing process.
What are the types of bunion treatment?
Dr. Jarvis offers several types of bunion treatment, including:
At-home care measures
Small bunions in their early stages of development often respond to conservative treatments like over-the-counter pain medication, rest, and ice. You might also want to soak your feet in warm water or use a heating pad to prevent inflammation.
Shoes, orthotics, and inserts
If you regularly wear high heels or other ill-fitting footwear, Dr. Jarvis might recommend transitioning to supportive shoes with a large toe box. You might also benefit from custom orthotics, splints, or heel inserts that take the pressure off your joints and improve your gait.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
If your bunion regularly causes pain or affects your mobility, Dr. Jarvis might recommend platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP is a regenerative medicine procedure that uses your body’s own growth factors to limit inflammation while encouraging the production of new cells and soft tissue.
If conservative treatments don’t provide significant relief, Dr. Jarvis might recommend surgery, like a bunionectomy. This quick, outpatient procedure involves Dr. Jarvis cutting the ligaments in your feet and realigning your bones.
What type of bunion treatment will benefit me?
The type of bunion treatment that will most benefit you depends on your age, health history, and the severity of your symptoms. Following a comprehensive exam and a discussion of your lifestyle and symptoms, Dr. Jarvis can develop a care plan that aligns with your needs.
To learn more about bunion treatment, request a consultation at the practice of Kent Jarvis, DPM. Call to speak with a member of the support staff or book online today.