Bunions form as bumpy areas of skin at the bottom of the big toe or on the outside of it. They occur as the big toe moves in the direction of the second toe and changes the arrangement of the big toe, causing it to angle out and thereafter become swollen. This condition can make high-intensity activities such as jogging painful. Moreover, if those who jog wear shoes that are too narrow, it can cause irritation to the big toe and increase the likelihood of bunions forming. This condition can cause other complications, especially when jogging, such as corns or calluses due to sweat that develops in shoes. Bunions may actually result in a lowered range of movement for the toe and continued discomfort.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Use of toe spacers to prevent friction between the big and second toes.
- Utilizing orthotics to reduce pressure on the toes.
- Use of ice to reduce inflammation.
- Use of corticosteroids that are injected into the toe to reduce swelling.
- Surgical procedures may be required if this condition was not treated timely. Such surgery will include cutting and relocating the bone. Other procedures involve removing swollen tissue around the big toe and straightening the big toe.
This condition can cause many issues in general; however, those who jog have an increased risk of long-term pain if treatment is not sought timely. Please contact us today at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668, MI. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can help to alleviate pain from your toes due to bunions and provide any necessary procedures to remove them for lasting relief. Please call our offices at any of the numbers provided above and take a moment to look over our Patient Education section for other beneficial material that can help you better understand what precautions can be taken to keep your foot and ankle health in peak shape!