Bunions are a real pain. Millions of Americans suffer from bunions, thus decreasing their quality of life. Bunions can keep you from exercising, playing sports, or just going for a walk. Don’t worry, though. There are things you can do to prevent bunions from getting worse and lessen the discomfort.
WHAT ARE BUNIONS?
Bunions are a deformity of your big toe. Perhaps you’ve noticed a bump on the joint or base of your big toe. That’s a bunion. Sometimes the big toe can bend or point inwards, and it can cause pain from mild to severe discomfort.
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS?
Several factors increase your risk of getting a bunion, including:
- Tight-fitting footwear, especially high heels
- Stress to your foot
- Previous foot injuries
- Being overweight
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BUNIONS?
- Chronic pain and discomfort when walking
- Swelling, redness, and tenderness
- Thickened skin
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Unfortunately, bunions never go away on their own. However, there are several things you can do to prevent your bunions from getting worse, slow the progression, and ease the discomfort. Try these tips:
- Apply ice
- Rest your feet often
- Wear wide shoes that do not put pressure on the bunion
- Insert orthotics into footwear to provide stability and correct positioning
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication
- Stretch your big toe to keep the joint mobile
- Receive a cortisone injection to reduce joint inflammation
- Try custom orthotics
If, after all these measures, you are still experiencing an excess of pain and discomfort, you may want to explore the possibility of surgery. An experienced podiatrist will be able to examine your condition and guide you to the right decision. As always, if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort with your feet, it’s vital to contact an experienced professional right away.
For more tips and expert advice, call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Riane Teagarden, Dr. Keith Sherman, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.