Bunions and Foot PainBunions usually happen to develop around the base of big toe and could be easily distinguished by an abnormal looking bump. When the big toe gets partially dislocated, leaving the metatarsal bone exposed, this marks the beginning of a bunion. With the passage of time the joint could result into swelling as well as deformity due to which the bump can cause a lot of pain and inconvenience.
There are several factors that might result into development of bunions, but one of the most prominent one is the kind of footwear we use. For example; constrictive shoes, high heels and shoes with narrow toe box. Other factors responsible for bunions are injuries, arthritis, inherited structural defects, etc. Not to mention the smaller variety of bunions that are also known as 'tailor's bunions' or 'bunionettes' could happen on the joint of your little toe.
A common sign of bunion is the growth of a bump on outer side of your foot. Some other signs would include redness, tenderness or swelling at the region of displaced joint and the skin which is at the base of a toe might turn thick or hard. It is also quite common for calluses and corns to develop at the spot where the overlapping of first and second toes takes place.
With time bunions grow more painful, especially when there is a serious inflammation in the tissues surrounding it. This might later result into limited movement of big toe that could cause difficulty with your daily activities. In some cases the problem becomes so serious that it becomes impossible to wear shoes. Not only this, the displaced big toe might as well cause what we call 'hammertoe' development.
Bunions happen regardless of age and are permanent in nature which can only be removed by the means of surgery. But in most of the cases people prevent undergoing any form of surgery until and unless it becomes too painful or serious for them. Most individuals like to choose alternative or traditional treatments for bunions in order to get relief from pain or to prevent any further growth of it.
1. Got Bumps
Bunions are a commonplace foot condition that worsens if left untreated. Signs of changes in the bony framework at the front of your foot take the form of a bump alongside or below your big toe. Bunions develop when that big toe leans into the one beside it instead of being in a normal straight position. The result is your bones misaligned and a bunion appears. When inflamed it becomes red, tender and painful. Bunions that surface on your baby toe are called bunionettes or tailor's bunions.
2. Slip On Relief
Protect your inflamed toe joints by slipping a bunion pad (a/k/a bunion shield or bunion cover) over your bump. These mineral oil gel pads are flexible, comfortable, stretch over your bunion, soak up shock and diminish rubbing. At the same time, the pad's oil lubricates and shrinks any hard skin surrounding your bunion. Consider using bunion pads in conjunction with bunion splints. These breakthrough splints stabilize your foot, rectify incorrect landing and provide flexibility to your big toe. At the same time, there is less strain on your other digits, allowing them to extend comfortably inside your shoe.
3. Universal Fit
Bunion pads offer a comfortable fit, whether worn in dress shoes or fitness footwear. Because bunion pads conform to your toe they work on a wide or narrow, left or right foot and can accommodate every shoe size. Bunion pads are available online or through your doctor. Keep these reusable pads clean by washing them by hand or in warm water in your washer's gentle cycle.
4. Use With Caution
Bunion pads are not for everyone. Consult with your podiatrist before using this product. Generally, bunion pads and bunion splints are not recommended for diabetics, individuals with circulation problems or arthritis sufferers.
5. Have a Back Up Plan
Like bunion splints, bunion pads are not always effective for treating bunions. Other simple preventative measures, when taken, can reduce your pain and discomfort. Women are more susceptible to bunions than men because their footwear is more constrictive. Start by wearing shoes that fit properly. Look for styles that offer a wide toe box, soft soles, low heels and don't cramp or squeeze your toes. Cushioned pads (also known as orthotics) placed inside your shoes can manage foot movement, prevent bunions and reduce the pain of an existing one. Generic versions are available in most drug and retail stores or you can have a pair custom tailored to your foot.
One of the simplest treatments for bunions is to bring changes to your footwear habit. You need to go for that footwear that are comfortable and have plenty of space for your toes. Do not wear footwear that is tight with little space for your toe to fit in, also make sure not to wear high heels at all. You can even opt of bunion pads that help in cushioning up the protrusion and decrease friction on your skin. This will reduce pressure on your affected region and will reduce inflammation. We can easily prevent development of bunions by wearing comfortable shoes that have plenty of space for the toes. Also, last but not the least there should be ample space between the shoe's end and tip of the longest toe.
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