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Conservative Bunion Care: Not Your Next DIY Project

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HGTV. TLC. DIY Network.  There’s a do-it-yourself epidemic, and Americans are glued to their screens watching their favorites.  Whether you want to add curb appeal to the outside of your home, or a whole new style to your indoor living space, the television experts make it look so easy.  However, many of us have invested time into these endeavors only to experience an epic (and often comical) fail.  Too-short curtains, or uneven pavers are fixable, but taking a DIY attitude in the area of bunion treatment can lead to long-term pain. At Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists, we believe that guided, conservative treatment for this common foot deformity will provide relief for many of our patients.    

 

Shopping is typically a project that people do on their own, and while our staff won’t take you to your favorite shoe store, they will help you to understand your arch type and shoe needs.  Finding footwear with plenty of room in the toe area and the proper level of support will help ease your discomfort.  Custom orthotics or specialized shoes, prescribed by our office, may provide additional relief.

 

Our foot specialists may recommend exercises to maintain joint mobility and slow down the development of a bunion.  Something as simple as stretching your big toe, or using your toes to pick up a towel can aid with flexibility. Following your specific treatment plan and being consistent with interventions is key to your improved foot health. 

 

Your bunion shouldn’t be on your DIY list.  Every HGTV show has professionals who guide the project along--Drs. Craig Thomajan and Shine John are the bunion experts you need on your team.  Help and relief are only an appointment away.  Call (512) 328-8900 today, or schedule a visit online.  

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