It’s finally summer, and people are getting outside and getting some sun. However, if you suffer from bunions, it can be a real bummer. But it doesn’t have to be. Read on to discover everything you need to know about bunions to maximize your summer fun.
A bunion is a common foot deformity when a bump develops at the base of the big toe right at the joint. It can cause the big toe to bend and point toward the other toes. Because it occurs at a joint, it can be extremely painful when you put weight on the front of the foot. A bunion can become inflamed, causing swelling. Calluses may develop. All these things can reduce mobility and decrease quality of life.
TREATMENT FOR BUNIONS
Up to a third of Americans have bunions. They are especially common in women and older adults. Arthritis can also be a factor. Unfortunately, bunions do not go away, and often they become worse as time goes on. There are a few things you can do to minimize the symptoms.
First, make sure you wear comfortable shoes. High heels and other narrow footwear can exacerbate bunions. Make sure you have plenty of toe room. You can use store-bought bunion pads to cushion your foot. Avoid standing for prolonged periods. Many stores carry sole inserts that can provide some relief for the discomfort.
Ultimately you may wish to visit a specialist. A podiatrist can provide you with an x-ray to diagnosis the proper treatment. One solution your doctor may offer is custom orthotics. These are specially designed shoe inserts formed to fit your unique foot shape perfectly. Specialists can also prescribe various medications that can help relieve the pain and inflammation.
Depending on the severity, the recommendation may be bunion surgery. There are several different kinds of surgeries for bunions. They can remove the bunion and straighten the tissue and bone. Sometimes the damaged joint will need to be replaced. It’s important to discuss all the options with an experienced specialist.
If you have any problems with bunions, or any other foot-related issues, call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, 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.