Here are some practical tips to help get your bunion pain under control without surgery.
Is your bunion suddenly running the show, telling you just how much you can do in a day by causing throbbing, aching feet? Our St. Clair Shores, MI, podiatrists Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw and Dr. Philip Watkins understand just how debilitating bunion pain can be, particularly as a bunion gets worse. Here are steps you can start taking now to prevent bunion pain,
Choose shoes with a large toe box: Certain types of shoes can cramp up or squeeze toes together. You want to avoid this as much as possible. Make sure that toes have enough room within the toe box to wiggle freely.
Limit heel height: While you might love wearing heels, they certainly don’t love your feet (as you probably already know). Shoes with a heel above 2-inches tall can push the foot downward, causing the toes to cramp together. Therefore, you will want to retire those towering pumps and opt for shoes with a heel that is 2 inches or shorter.
Consider custom orthotics: Many times, faulty biomechanics or problems with the overall structure of the feet can increase your risk for bunions, hammertoes, foot pain and other problems; however, our St. Clair Shores, MI, foot doctors can create prescription orthotics (shoe inserts), which are designed specifically for your feet to provide additional support and cushioning when standing, walking or even running.
Stretch it out: It’s important to keep the ligaments, tendons and muscles of the feet working as optimally as possible even if you have a bunion. Keeping your feet strong and limber can improve range of motion and prevent a bunion from getting worse. Adding these exercises into your daily routine can help reduce pain and swelling.
If bunion pain is becoming the norm it’s time you did something about it. Pain should never go ignored. Call Benenati Foot and Ankle Care Centers today. We have offices in St. Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb, MI, to serve you better. Call our St. Clair Shores, MI, office at (586) 779-6140, Warren, MI, office at (586) 756-3338, and our Macomb, MI, office at (586) 416-3668.