A bunion is an aching bony bump that grows on the inside part of the foot at the big toe joint (while a bunionette grows on the outside). Bunions are often referred to as hallux valgus. The most noticeable sign is a protruding lump on the joint. It may hurt and be swollen or irritated. It can also make it difficult to move your toes, particularly your big toe.
Why Do I Have a Bunion?
Bunions may be caused by:
- Wearing poorly fitted shoes, particularly shoes with a narrow, pointy toe box which changes the toes’ position into an unnatural one.
- Heredity factors, some people inherit prone to developing bunions (owing to their form and structure)
- Inflammatory disorder, caused by factors conditions as rheumatoid arthritis
- A neuromuscular condition, such as polio.
What Can I Do to Shrink a Bunion?
1. Wear wide shoes with a low heel and soft sole
In most cases, bunion pain is relieved by wearing wider shoes with adequate toe room and using other simple treatments to reduce pressure on the big toe.
2. Try bunion pads
Bunion pads are soft pads you put in your shoes to stop them rubbing on a bunion — you can purchase these from a pharmacy.
3. Hold an ice pack
Holding an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel on the bunion for up to 5 minutes at a time helps to reduce to pain and the inflammation. According to the UK’s National Health Service, it’s a good way to control the size of your bunions.
4. Take paracetamol or ibuprofen
Anti-inflammatory and pain-relief drugs will help you contain both the pain and the inflammation. Make sure you don’t overuse them, and when the pain becomes unbearable, contact a foot doctor in Cary.
5. Try to lose weight
If you have some extra pounds, try to lose them. You may find out that your pain and swelling may be reduced if you can only give those therapists a chance. When in doubt, contact a foot doctor in Raleigh.
6. Bunion surgery
Your physician may recommend surgery for your bunion if, despite the above-mentioned treatments, you still have pain and trouble walking. Bunion surgery readjusts the bone, ligaments, tendons, and nerves in order for the big toe to be brought back to its original position.
There are numerous surgical procedures to fix bunions. Even though many are outpatient, a lengthy recovery is common after a bunion surgery.
You should consider seeing a foot doctor at Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic if:
- The pain hasn’t improved after trying home treatments for a few weeks;
- The pain is stopping you doing your normal activities;
- Your bunions are getting worse;
- You also have diabetes — foot problems can be more serious if you have diabetes.
Expert Bunion Care and Treatment at Raleigh Orthopaedic
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Make an appointment with a foot doctor at your nearest Raleigh Orthopaedic clinic to get specialized treatment with a personal approach today!
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