To treat and prevent bunions, the Daily News’s Running Doc has listed several methods available for choosing. Bunions are characterized by large bone bumps that form along the inner portion of the Great toe’s first joint. Angled laterally, the great toe faces the other toes in a deformed manner. The bump may swell or become red and sore, and the skin existing around the base of the toe may thicken. To decrease the pace of bunion progression, avoid wearing high heels on a regular basis, wear flexible full-length orthotics while running, and wear looser fitting shoes around the toes. Silicone or thin foam toe separators can help correct the position of the toes. If unsuccessful, anti-inflammatories and corrective devices can be used. If all other methods are unsuccessful, bunion surgery may be considered.
Seek treatment immediately to avoid feeling the excessive pain caused by bunions. For medical assistance, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.
Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.
Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.
A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.
Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.
Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, this usually indicates a bunion.
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