Bunions are definitely not good for your feet. Some may say not to worry too much about them and others who claim the opposite. What you should know is that they are generally bumps that occur on your big toe joint from friction applied to it as it presses against the inside of your shoe or the toe next to it. Your toe will eventually become bigger due to the bunion forming on it, which can have negative consequences to your stride. As you can imagine, wearing shoes that constrict your feet and that push your feet forward so as to crush your toes against the front of your shoes can causes bunions to develop because of the friction being generated. They also can form due to hereditary reasons or other health ailments.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- You can guess that shoes which fit properly and which leave room for your toes to move can greatly reduce the formation of bunions.
- Place pads over your bunions to create a buffer between them and your shoes.
- Take anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation and to provide relief from pain.
- Put orthotics in your shoes to assist with preventing pressure from building up around your toes.
- Bunion surgery may be required to remove the bunion and to realign the joint if the bunion has caused significant deformities. This procedure can provide great relief from pain and give you the added benefit of starting fresh with toes that are free of bunions. Recovery may take several months.
Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, our foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM will provide you with outstanding foot care. If you’re suffering from painful bunions, we encourage you to contact us to make an appointment now! We have offices conveniently located in Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb, MI. We look forward to treating your bunions with proficiency and diligence. Look over our Patient Education section for more helpful information about bunions and other foot and ankle complications.