Almost half of adults over the age of 65 will experience a painful bunion or two and many people much younger than that are also affected. Bunions are exacerbated by genetic influences and wearing tight-fitting shoes like high heels is also a risk factor.
As a bunion develops on the big toe joint, a large bump will appear on the top or side of the joint and the toe will push hard into your other toes causing blisters and overlapping toe problems. Corns can also form where the bunion bump rubs against the inside of your shoes.
Since bunions develop so gradually, many people wait to treat them until they start causing pain. At that point, they are much harder to treat and bursitis and arthritis may also be more likely to affect the joint. Severely bent toes may require surgery to straighten them out.
3 great methods for treating painful bunions include the following:
- Proper shoes with custom orthotic inserts—Properly fitted shoes that have the correct arch support and a wide toe box are essential. The additional space can provide room for custom fitted orthotic inserts.
- Braces and night splints—These can be worn while you are sleeping and will pull your big toe into a straighter position.
- Physical therapy exercises—Prevent stiffness and increase mobility by doing exercises with your toes. Scrunching and releasing your toes on a small towel and picking up marbles with your toes are two great exercises.
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort from bunions see your podiatrist for the proper evaluation and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!