What are Bunions?

Did you know that close to five million people in the U.S. have bunions? Bunions are bony bumps on the outer base of the big toe. They begin to formulate when the toe is forced inwards or extends over the closest toe. When the big toe remains in this awkward position for longer periods of time, a bunion starts to grow. Eventually, bunions become very large and make your foot look deformed. In addition, bunions are usually very painful.

Normally, bunions also cause unsightly calluses, bursitis, and other foot sores. The constant rubbing and bumping can eventually cause deformity in other toes, too.

How to Treat Bunions

You should remember that prevention is the best way to treat bunions. Early detection is another key. The worst that you can do is to allow the bones to start realigning in your feet. Try these tips to help treat and prevent bunions:

  • Wear Comfortable Shoes - Shoes that crowd your feet should be avoided. Wear shoes that aren't too tight to prevent forcing your big toe to rub and push against your other toes.
  • Use orthotics that are designed to control the abnormal forces that cause excessive flattening of the foot, or excessive high arch deformities
  • Get Rid of High Heeled Shoes - Women can be their own worst enemy when it comes to bunions. High heels force pressure on your toes, and should be avoided. The same goes for pointed shoes that are too tight on your toes. High heels accelerate the deformity
  • Surgery - If your toes are deformed from bunions, your only option to stop the pain and get your toes looking normal again is to have surgery. Talk with you’re the foot and ankle specialists at InMotion Foot and Ankle, and find out what your options are.

Bunions aren't just downright ugly; they can also be very painful and can lead to arthritis. Contact Talus InMotion Foot & Ankle today to discuss what your best options are to manage your bunions.