Although a bunion’s first signs are often a bulging bump on the joint of your largest toe, this is actually a symptom of a more serious condition created when the big toe pushes hard into the second toe. As the toes push progressively into the other toes, bones become misaligned, bunions increase in size and cause more inflammation, pain and discomfort.
Some factors that can cause bunions or worsen them include the following:
● Genetic predisposition
● Flat feet
● Wearing tight-fitting or constrictive shoes
● Spending long hours on your feet all day
Bunions are much more likely to happen in females mostly due to the prevalence of wearing high heeled shoes that constrict the toes with great pressure. Delivery personnel, teachers, doctors, nurses, and anyone who does prolonged standing and walking in their occupations are also more susceptible to developing bunions.
Treatment for Bunions
Beginning treatment options for bunions can be effective at reducing pain and discomfort before any surgery is needed and include the following:
● Resting and icing to reduce swelling and pain
● Wearing shoes that have a wide toe area
● OTC pain relievers to reduce pain and inflammation
● Foot and toe stretching and flexibility exercises
● Padding, taping and splinting
● Custom orthotic inserts to reduce and redirect pressure
If you are suffering from painful bunions, we highly recommend that you consult with our board-certified podiatrists Andrew Shapiro, DPM and Michael Barkin, DPM. With access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, we can assist you with heel pain, ankle sprains, diabetic foot care, toe deformities, nail fungus, and skin problems, among many other conditions. Our practice is conveniently located on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream to accommodate all of your foot care needs. Call (516) 825-3860 or book an appointment online today!