Are you over the painful pain and discomfort of bunions? Bunions, a common foot condition, develop when the joint at the base of the big toe enlarges, which causes the big toe to tilt towards the other toes.
Bunions can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty walking. Luckily Foot and Ankle Specialists can treat your bunions to help alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Here are effective ways to treat bunions.
Wear proper shoes
Your bunions might be significantly affected by the shoes you wear. High-heeled or tight-fitting shoes can make the problem worse and make the pain worse. Choose shoes with a large toe box and short heels instead. Your toes will have more room as a result, and the afflicted area will experience less pressure. Additionally, choose footwear with good fit and support. Shoes that fit properly can help you evenly distribute weight over your foot and lower your chances of developing new bunions.
Use bunion pads
Small cushions called bunion pads are put over your bunion to ease strain and pain. The majority of drugstores provide these pads, which aid in lowering friction and irritation brought on by shoes rubbing on your bunion. Additionally, bunion pads might aid in preventing further harm to your bunion.
Apply ice and heat therapy
Applying ice or heat can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain if your bunion is swollen and painful. Place an ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables on your bunion for 15-20 minutes several times daily. Ice can numb the region and minimize inflammation. Heat therapy can help improve blood flow and promote healing. On the other hand, soak your feet in warm water or use a heating pad on a low setting for 15-20 minutes at a time.
Practice toe-stretching exercises
Toe-stretching exercises can help improve your toes’ flexibility and range of motion. Exercising can help reduce pain and inflammation caused by bunions. One effective exercise is to sit on a chair with your feet flat on the ground. Then, wrap an exercise band or cloth over the ball of your foot and slowly bring it toward you. Hold for 10-15 seconds, then release. Repeat this exercise 10-15 times on each foot. You can also try picking up small objects with your toes to improve your toe strength and flexibility.
Orthotics are shoe inserts designed to provide support and cushioning for your feet. They can help improve your posture and reduce pressure on your bunions. Several types of orthotics are available, including over-the-counter options and custom-made inserts. Over-the-counter orthotics can be purchased at most drug stores or online, while a podiatrist typically prescribes custom-made orthotics. Talk to your doctor about which option is best for your specific needs.
If your bunion is severe and causing significant pain and disability, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem. Bunion surgery involves removing the bony bump and realigning the joint in your toe. This surgery can help improve the appearance of your foot and alleviate pain and discomfort. However, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits of surgery with your doctor before making your decision.
Call Foot and Ankle Specialists to book your appointment for bunions treatment.