What are Bunions? Bunions are those unsightly and often painful bumps that form on the outside of your big toe, near its base. They are caused when the big toe deviates sideways towards the other toes, which then causes the metatarsophalangeal joint to move in the opposite direction. Eventually, a bump consisting of soft tissue and bone forms over the joint.
Unfortunately, this condition is not uncommon. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, over 50 percent of women in the United States suffer from bunions. Bunions are genetic! You can thank mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa for them. Narrow or high-heeled shoes can put pressure on the bunion and make them hurt worse.
If you believe you have a bunion and it is causing you pain, there are a number of ways you can correct or manage this condition. The first step is to see a podiatrist to determine whether you have a bunion or possibly some other condition.
• If your podiatrist diagnoses your bump as a bunion, he will most likely begin your bunion treatment by recommending that you wear wider, more comfortable shoes that won't crowd your toes. If you own a number of shoes that are too narrow or too tight and cannot afford a whole new wardrobe of footwear, consider purchasing a Ball and Ring Shoe Stretcher. These devices can stretch the specific parts of your shoes that are irritating your bunion.
• Your doctor may also recommend that you wear a gel bunion sleeve or a gel bunion cushion as part of your bunion treatment. Both of these products can protect the bump from painful pressure from your shoes.
• You may also want to try using foam toe separators to separate your big toe from the second toe.
If your bunion continues to cause you pain even after conservative treatment, you may want to consider surgery. Most bunion surgeries involve realigning the toe and removing the bony bump. Consult with the specialists at www.texasfootdoctor.org for more information and advice.