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Get Answers to Your Questions About Foot and Ankle Care in Pennsylvania

When you have foot and ankle pain, you want answers to your concerns fast. Browse through our collection of answers to frequently asked questions. Our hope is that you will find the information you need to get relief for your foot and ankle pain in Pennsylvania.

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  • Can kids get bunions?

    KidsAlthough occurring much less frequently than in adults, bunions in children can be more common than you might think. While high heels and other tight shoes often get a share of blame for causing the deformity, it is often abnormal foot characteristics inherited down the family line that are the main underlying culprits. Ill-fitting shoes just tend to increase the risk of pain and swelling in the affected joints. Girls ages 10-17 are most likely to suffer from these painful bumps than any other young demographic, but boys are not immune from it, either. Having flat feet also increases the likelihood of the deformity developing.

    If your child is dealing with a painful, shifting joint, it’s always best to have it addressed sooner rather than later. The doctors at Martin Foot and Ankle can provide a thorough exam and discuss with you the best options for managing the condition—whether conservative or surgical. Our offices in York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA are open for you. Call us at (717) 757-3537 to schedule an appointment.

  • How are bunions treated?

    Bunion examAlthough the possibility of surgery is often on the forefront of most people’s minds, a majority of bunions can be treated without the need to go under the knife. Conservative treatment does not involve eliminating the bony protrusion, but instead relieving its pain and the pressure that can be forced upon it. Effective methods may involve the use of special shoes or custom orthotics to redistribute weight, the prescription of medications to relieve pain, or the application of padding, taping, or splints to protect the bunion against pressure or irritation.

    If these measures do not help, then surgery becomes a consideration. Bunion surgery comes in many different forms, involving tendon repair, removal of damaged joint surfaces, or full joint realignment. The specific type of surgery recommended for you will depend on your specific case and functional needs.

    The doctors at Martin Foot and Ankle can provide their expert advice on how to approach your joint treatment. Dial (717) 757-3537 to schedule an appointment with one of our offices in York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA. 

  • What causes bunions?

    BunionThe base cause of a bunion is an imbalance in weight and pressure upon the joints and tendons of the foot. The joint of the big toe becomes unstable due to these forces, and eventually shifts the bone to form the hard bump that sticks out from the side.

    The imbalance responsible for bunions can be inherited through one’s family history, or come as the result of a deformity present from birth or an injury that affects the strength of the tendons. It is not fully clear whether wearing high heels or narrow shoes can cause a bunion, but they definitely help contribute toward making an existing bunion worse.

    Whether you have had a bunion for ages or feel like one may be developing, it’s never too late or too soon to seek expert care. The doctors at Martin Foot and Ankle can help relieve the pain of an old bunion or keep a more recent one from growing worse. Call (717) 757-3537 to schedule an appointment at one of our offices in York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA. 

  • What factors increase my risk of developing bunions?

    Diabetic foot. Bunions are caused by an instability in the structure of your foot, which allows pressure to displace the big toe. There are outside factors that can increase your odds of developing or worsening your bunions. These bunion risk factors include poorly-fitted shoes, high heels, and preexisting conditions. Footwear that squeezes the toes, or forces weight forward onto the front of the foot, can encourage the big toe to displace inward. Insufficient arch support or a preexisting condition like arthritis can also stress the ball of the foot.

    If you’re concerned that you may be developing a bunion, doing nothing won’t prevent the problem and the pain that goes with it. Have your foot evaluated by the experts at Martin Foot and Ankle to see what can be done to avoid the condition and the discomfort it causes. Visit our online contact page or call the office at (717) 757-3537 to request more information or an appointment at our York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA locations.