Bunions

Bunions appear as a misaligned enlargement of the bone on the inside of the foot at the big toe. A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. They form when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. The skin over the bunion might be red and sore. Wearing tight, narrow shoes might cause bunions or might make them worse. Bunions can also develop as a result of an inherited structural defect, stress on your foot or a medical condition, such as arthritis. Smaller bunions (bunionettes) also can develop on the joint of your little toes. Bunions tend to be hereditary, but can be aggravated by shoes that are too narrow in the forefoot and toe.

Bunion Treatment & Relief:

Although bunions often require no medical treatment, see your podiatrist if you have persistent big toe or foot pain, a visible bump on your big toe joint, decreased movement of your big toe or foot or difficulty finding shoes that fit properly because of a bunion. Try to obtain shoes of greater length and width to provide space for the bunion and to provide relief of bunions. Wear softer shoes to decrease irritation and avoid pointed toe shoes. If the pain persists, see a podiatric surgeon who may prescribe orthoses (special shoe inserts) or recommend bunion treatment alternatives, including surgical correction. For redness or soreness, the bunion care gel sleeve provides great bunion relief. Most of our patients with bunions will use the gel spacers and the bunion shield very successfully.

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