What are Bunions and What are My Treatment Options?
posted: Feb 17, 2017.
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Most people who have bunions won’t often know that they have one until they start to notice pain or discomfort. If you notice a hard lump that protrudes at the bottom of the big toe and causes it to lean inward toward the rest of your toes, then you could be dealing with a bunion. Find out more about bunions and how our Alexandria, VA podiatrist Dr. Angelo Pace can help.
What causes a bunion to form?
A bunion is the result of a deformity at the base joint of the big toe that causes the toe to lean at an angle. So how does this deformity develop in the first place? Well, the causes aren’t entirely certain but it’s believed that heredity and joint weakness or two common reasons. In some situations, those with arthritis of the foot are more likely to develop a bunion.
Despite what causes a bunion to form in the first place, it’s important to know that there are certain issues that aggravate the condition and can make it worse. Wearing shoes that are too tight or that don’t provide the support your feet need can put additional pressure on the bunion and exacerbate symptoms.
What are my treatment options when it comes to handling bunion pain?
First and foremost, it’s important to take a look at the kinds of shoes you are wearing. It’s always best to avoid shoes that have high heels or pointed toes. You want shoes that offer cushioning and support, particularly in the arches, and shoes that give your toes room to move. If toes are bunched up this will cause you problems. This is a simple fix but one that you wouldn’t believe how many people don’t listen to.
Those with structural imbalances in the feet could also benefit from custom orthotics that our Alexandria, VA, foot doctor can custom-design to provide you with the unique comfort, support and shock absorption your feet need, based on the issues you are facing.
Other non-invasive treatment options include:
- Icing the joint or soaking the foot in a warm bath
- Splinting the foot at night while sleeping to reduce morning pain and stiffness
- Cortisone injections to tackle more severe pain and inflammation
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Massage therapy
Advanced Pace Foot And Ankle Center has two locations in Alexandria, VA, to better serve you. If you are dealing with issues caused by a bunion, or if conservative measures aren’t offering you relief, then it’s time you called us.