A bunion typically forms as a large bump on your big toe. The condition has a hereditary component, but tight-fitting shoes are definitely a culprit in bunion formation. A similar condition that affects the pinky toe is called a bunionette. Either condition can cause the toe to bend and push into your other toes. This happens slowly and you may not have any painful complications until the rubbing and pressure worsen.
It’s best to treat bunions and other toe deformities like hammertoes early. So if you notice any of your toes beginning to bend abnormally, see your foot doctor to begin treatment and to avoid future complications that could require surgery.
These 4 tips that can help alleviate bunion pain:
- Physical therapy exercises—A variety of exercises to increase the strength and flexibility of your toes can help decrease bunion complications. One exercise is to perform toe scrunching exercises by standing on a small towel and scrunching the material with your toes.
- Avoid high heels or other tight-fitting shoes—Tight-fitting shoes like high heels push your toes together in the front and can actually cause or exacerbate bunion formation. Wearing shoes with a wide toe box will help reduce pressure and alleviate bunion pain.
- Insulating pads—Various types of padding such as moleskin can help insulate bunions from rubbing on the inside of your shoes.
- Custom orthotic inserts and night braces—A variety of orthotic inserts and braces are excellent for bunion treatment. A night brace straps onto your foot and pulls the big toe into proper position over a period of months.
If your bunion has become extremely bent and is pushing very hard into your other toes, a more substantial treatment involving surgery may be required. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Kathleen Pyatak-Hugar, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.