Find out how to manage your bunion symptoms effectively.
If you are dealing with a bunion then you are probably wondering why it happened in the first place and what you can do to treat the issue. From the office of your Worcester, MA podiatrist Dr. Robert J. Greene learn more about this common foot condition and how you can alleviate symptoms.
What causes a bunion to form?
Bunions are the result of too much pressure and uneven weight distribution on foot tendons and joints, most specifically the big toe joint. Over time this imbalance causes the joint to be reshaped, growing into a hard bump that sticks out from the rest of the foot.
There is still debate as to whether tight, narrow or high-heeled shoes are also to blame for the development of bunions, but it’s always important to wear shoes that are comfortable and offer support. Congenital foot deformities, genetics, foot injuries and certain types of arthritis can also cause bunions to form.
Can I prevent a bunion from getting worse?
There are certain steps you can take to make sure that your bunion doesn’t get any worse. For one, tight shoes or shoes with high heels (over two inches) can put unnecessary pressure on your feet and exacerbate your bunion. So first and foremost you’ll want to opt for different shoes that allow your toes room to move around.
You can also talk to us about whether custom orthotics are right for you and your foot needs. Orthotics can be a great way to provide the foot with additional support and to take pressure off certain joints and areas of the feet.
How can I treat bunion symptoms?
You’ll be happy to hear that most bunion symptoms can be treated with more conservative approaches including changing the types of shoes you wear, taking over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen to reduce swelling and pain, taping the foot or using a bunion pad, applying ice packs and wearing custom shoe inserts made by your foot doctors in Worcester, MA.
Only if you’ve exhausted all treatment options without much success will we discuss the potential need for surgery. Surgery is the only way to actually remove a bunion but most patients find that they can easily manage symptoms through non-invasive measures.
Whether you are looking for ways to handle your bunion symptoms or you are interested in getting surgery schedule an appointment with your foot doctor in Worcester today.