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By Jon D. Oliverio, D.P.M.
October 07, 2022
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

Could you be living with bunions and not knowing it?

A bunion, or a “hallux valgus,” is a common foot deformity affecting the big toe's base joint. You may notice an enlarged bump at the bottom of the big toe that sticks out. If so, this could be a sign of bunions. By turning to our Norton, OH, podiatrist Dr. Jon Oliverio for treatment, we can help to slow the progression of this deformity to prevent the need for surgery in the future.

What Causes Bunions?

Unfortunately, genetics plays a role in who develops bunions and who may not. If you have a mother or sister with bunions, chances are good that you may develop one during your lifetime. Those with certain foot types, such as flat feet, are also at risk. If you notice an enlarged bump at the base of your big toe, it’s a good idea to turn to our Norton, OH, team to determine if you have bunions. Early interventions can dramatically slow its progress.

Do Bunions Require Treatment?

It’s important not to ignore your bunions as leaving this problem untreated could lead to further complications such as bursitis, persistent foot pain and hammertoes. By catching the problem early, Dr. Oliverio and his team can provide simple conservative methods such as proper footwear, custom orthotics, icing, stretching exercises, and more to prevent the bunion from worsening.

Will I Require Surgery?

The goal of early treatment is to slow the bunion’s progression to prevent the need for surgery. Dr. Oliverio and his team will work with you to find the right treatment plan; however, surgery may be necessary for some people to correct the damaged joint. This may be the case if your symptoms are severe, you aren’t responding to home care, or your quality of life has diminished due to your bunion. Surgery is the only way to correct the joint and improve the overall structure and function of the feet; however, surgery is only recommended when non-surgical treatments have failed.

If you are living with bunions and want to discuss the best treatment options, call Foot & Ankle Institute in Norton, OH, at (330) 825-7878 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Oliverio.

By Jon D. Oliverio, D.P.M.
July 26, 2022
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Podiatrist  

Do you know when you should turn to a podiatrist for care?

When was the last time you saw a podiatrist? If you haven’t dealt with foot or ankle issues before, you might not even have a podiatrist; however, everyone can benefit from turning to our Norton, OH, podiatrist Dr. Jon Oliverio for care, even if you aren’t dealing with problems (in fact, preventive care can often prevent foot problems from happening in the first place). Here are some of the top reasons to see a podiatrist,

Annual Checkup

Everyone can benefit from visiting our podiatrist for an annual checkup. Even if your feet aren’t causing any issues, you can always benefit from a comprehensive and preventive checkup with our team. We can assess your overall foot health and provide custom recommendations that could reduce your risk for injury or other foot problems along the way.

You’re an Athlete, Runner or Physically Active

Pounding the pavement, box jumps, shooting hoops…however you get your workouts in, if you are working out or running most days of the week, this can take its toll on your feet if you aren’t careful. Luckily, a podiatrist can provide helpful tips, product recommendations and customized orthotics to make running easier on your feet and ankles.

You’re Noticing Persistent Joint Pain

Notice that your ankle joint or a joint in your foot is achy, swollen and red? If these symptoms persist for a week or more, this could signify arthritis. Arthritis is a chronic and progressive condition, and it’s essential that you turn to a qualified foot and ankle specialist who can provide you with the medications and treatment options to slow and even prevent future joint damage.

A Painful Ingrown Toenail

For a healthy individual, ingrown toenails are usually no more than an annoying little nuisance that will resolve on its own in a few days; however, if you notice increased redness, swelling, skin that’s warm to the touch or pus draining from the toenail, these are signs of infection. It’s a good idea to turn to our team immediately for treatment. Even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms of an infection, if your ingrown toenail is painful and you are not responding to home care, we can still treat this problem.

Fungal Toenails

Toenail fungus can be a serious and challenging problem, mainly because home remedies aren’t enough to kill the fungal infection. Before the toenail becomes thick, brittle and yellow, you should turn to our Norton, OH, podiatrist to get a more eff

Diabetic Feet

Living with diabetes, especially uncontrolled diabetes, can increase your risk for foot complications such as neuropathy (nerve damage), calluses, corns, infections, ulcers and even amputation. In Norton, OH, our podiatrist Dr. Oliverio want to ensure that you have a doctor you can turn to when diabetic foot problems impact your health.

If in doubt, our podiatrist Dr. Oliverio can determine whether you need to come into the office for treatment. To schedule an evaluation with us, call today at (330) 825-7878.

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