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By Dr. Miller
April 11, 2013
Category: Bunion
Tags: Bunion   swollen   joint  

A bunion is a “bump” on the side of your foot, at the base of the big toe. It forms when the bone or tissue at the joint moves out of place. If it is red, swollen, or painful, it is inflamed.

How do bunions develop?Bunion

Blame your genetics first! Bunions tend to run in families, specifically among those who have a foot type prone to developing a bunion. Your footwear choices also play a role. Wearing shoes that are too tight or cause the toes to be squeezed together, like many stylish pointed-toe shoes, can worsen a bunion.

What treatments are available?

  • Anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone injections can be prescribed to ease acute pain and inflammation.
  • Orthotics (shoe inserts) may be useful in controlling foot function to prevent worsening and relieve the stress around a bunion.
  • Surgery is sometimes needed to repair a structural deformity. This depends on your unique situation, and x-rays assist in making this determination.

For an evaluation of your bunion (or that of a loved one), please call our office at 847-675-3400 or schedule your appointment online at  (We have an x-ray in our office if needed.)

By Dr. Miller
May 18, 2012
Category: Summer fun
Tags: Gout   joint   protein  

Summer is synonymous with warm weather and outdoor parties. When you get together with for a picnic or barbeque, remember to drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated helps prevent gout.

For those unfamiliar with gout, it is one of the oldest recorded forms of inflamed joints. What used to be considered a disease of limited scope, it now affects men and women across the world. Consuming large amounts of protein-rich foods commonly enjoyed at summertime festivities together with dehydration can precipitate a gout attack.

For many people, the first symptom is a ‘gout attack’ – excruciating pain and swelling in a joint in the foot. If this occurs, treatment will likely involve anti-inflammatory medications. For long-term control, other medications help reduce uric acid levels in the bloodstream and prevent future attacks.

Keep hydrated, so you can have fun all summer long --- pain free!