With summer in the air, we’re sure you have planned plenty of fun activities and trips. One of the things that can get in the way of enjoying those plans? Bunion pain! If you have a bunion and frequently experience discomfort, it’s time to address it and return to living an active, comfortable lifestyle. Here’s what you need to know!
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is a displaced joint. It usually occurs between the big toe and the long bone behind it. It starts as a tiny bulge on the side of your toe, but over time, it gets larger and, often, more painful. As the bulge increases, the big toe will start to point in the opposite direction of the bulge. Sometimes the bunion is so severe that the toe’s new angle makes it so that it overlaps or underlaps with the other toes on the foot. This makes the foot deformed and can leave you in severe pain.
Treat Your Bunions
While bunions are best treated and managed in a podiatrist’s office, there are some things you can try at home to ease the pain and discomfort you are likely to feel. Some of our top recommendations are…
- Wearing the right shoes – Limit the friction on your big toe by choosing shoes with a wide width in your correct size. If you have orthotics or arch supports, ensure enough room for those.
- Getting a pair of custom orthotics or shoe inserts – Custom orthotics and shoe inserts can help with pressure, friction, and blisters. A bunion brace might be beneficial.
- Stretch and strengthen your feet – Try some toe and foot stretches and exercises to increase flexibility and strength in your feet. Check out our article on some of the best and easiest stretches for healthy feet.
Are you still experiencing pain and discomfort? Call our office today. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York, can help treat and care for your feet. Call us at 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online to get help today.