If you’re suffering from bunions in Sandy Utah there’s one podiatrist you need to see. Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM has been a standout physician in the Salt Lake City for over twenty years. She is an athlete who recognizes and treats common injuries contracted from living in an area with wide open spaces and a multitude of outdoor activities.
Also an advocate of holistic whole body care, Dr. Auger applies preventative care whenever possible, employing conservative methods until surgical treatments are required.
Do my symptoms point to bunions?
Is the skin outside the joint of your big or little toe inflamed, red, and causing pain? Is there a bump that you can see and feel getting larger? Is the condition affecting the way your shoes fit (or don’t) and impeding your mobility?
What exactly is a bunion?
Bunions are bony protrusions which form outside of the joint at the base of your big or little toe. They are caused by the big toe pushing against the toe next to it; forcing the joint of the big toe to get larger and eventually stick out.
How might I have contributed to this condition?
Bunions may be caused by or aggravated by wearing high heels, which forces the crowding of your toes into the front of your shoes. Choosing shoes that are pointed, too tight, or too narrow can also increase the chances of bunion growth.
If you have a condition known as rheumatoid arthritis, you are also more vulnerable to developing bunions. Alternatively, you may have inherited a tendency to have bunions due to a structural foot defect passed down through your ancestry.
If your foot rolls inward (flattening the arch too much) this is known as overpronation; which may also cause bunions.
How can Dr. Auger help with my bunions?
When you see Dr. Elizabeth Auger for your bunions in Sandy Utah, conducting a full examination is the first step, possibly with x-rays. This is critical in determining whether that bulging bump on your toe is, in fact, a bunion or caused by something else.
Conservative treatment may be effective enough to relieve the symptoms of your bunion. This can include taping or splinting your foot into a normal position, which would reduce the stress on the toes being affected.
Pain relievers and/or injectable medication will lessen the pain. Icing your foot can help reduce inflammation. Simply changing your footwear may be sufficient to take care of the problem; Dr. Auger will recommend the particular shoes and/or inserts to best work for you, including prescription orthotics.
If the condition of your bunion(s) is more severe, then aggressive treatment may be necessary. Surgery may be required to:
- Remove the inflamed tissue around the toe joint
- Straighten the affected toe
- Realign the bone
If you’re suffering from the pain and discomfort of bunions in Sandy Utah, please contact us right away. Same-day appointments are available because when you’re in pain you want relief right away!
New Patients are Always Welcome!
We are located in the Canyons Medical Center building (which looks like a bank because it used to be one) — right across the street from the Sandy Senior Citizen Center, and just south of Dairy Queen.