Bunions are one of the most common foot problems, with close to 25 percent of adults experiencing this condition at some point in their lives. Bunions are created when the big toe pushes into the other toes instead of pointing forward, causing a bump to grow on the outside of the big toe joint. Bunions grow slowly and can go on for years without causing any major complications. Any minor pain and discomfort can often be addressed with the right footwear and other treatments. For more severe cases, surgery may be required at some point.
If you can perform your daily activities without severe foot pain, then the following non-surgical suggestions and treatments for bunions may be sufficient:
- Proper footwear - Choose footwear that has a wider toe box so the bunion doesn’t rub on the inside causing irritation, blistering, and pain. Tight-fitting shoes like high heels should be avoided since they push your toes together.
- Pads and cushioning - These can isolate the bunion and avoid the friction that causes blisters.
- Reduce swelling and pain - Icing the bunion and foot several times a day will help to decrease swelling, and pain medication like ibuprofen should be taken in moderation.
- Rest your feet with less stressful exercises - Remove some of the stress on your feet by switching to exercises such as biking and swimming.
- Custom made orthotic inserts - can help shift some of the pressure off of the bunion.
- Toe splints and braces - These devices are worn at night to pull the big toe into the proper alignment.
Bunion pain and discomfort that persists and prevents you from participating in and enjoying your daily activities may require surgery to straighten out the toe.
If you are experiencing bunion problems, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha 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!