Those who have a bunion know that dealing with the everyday pain and discomfort that comes along with it can be a real drag. Things like walking, wearing shoes, or exercising grow more difficult, interfering with your daily life. The good news is you don’t have to suffer forever! There are plenty of ways you can treat your bunion, both at home and with the help of a trusted podiatrist.
What is a Bunion?
Do you notice a bony bump on your big toe joint? Chances are it’s a bunion! When some of the bones in the front part of your foot shift and move around, usually due to foot trauma or improper footwear, it forces the tip of your big toe to get pulled toward your other toes. This makes the base of your big toe joint stick out, which is when a bunion occurs.
Is your bump along the outside of your pinky toe joint? That’s what’s known as a tailor’s bunion, or a bunionette. You may get one due to genetics, arthritis, or tight-fitting shoes.
How do you know if you have a bunion or bunionette? Let’s take a look at some of the top symptoms…
- A bony bump along the big toe or pinky toe joint
- Pain, redness, and swelling around the big toe or pinky toe.
- Pain, most commonly when walking
- Difficulty moving your toe.
- Finding your shoes now fit uncomfortably.
How We Can Help
If you suspect you have a bunion, the best course of action you can take is to call your podiatrist. They’re equipped to help treat you properly and as quickly as possible. After a diagnosis, there are many treatment options available that don’t include surgery.
One of the best options available is orthotics. These shoe inserts are completely custom-made and help to relieve your pain and treat your condition at the same time. Bunion pads may help, as well.
Finding comfortable shoes that don’t aggravate your bunion and provide enough support and cushioning is a great idea. This will help prevent your bunion from getting worse. Cortisone shots may be recommended.
Using at-home treatments alongside your podiatrist’s recommendations can help you get rid of your bunion even faster. For most of your pain and discomfort, you can take an over-the-counter medication, like Aleve or Advil. This will help with any swelling and inflammation.
Rest your feet often and avoid any strenuous exercise for the time being. Physical therapy may be a great option for you. Alternatively, you can stretch your feet at home to help with any stiffness you have.
If you have a bunion, don’t wait to call! Talk to your podiatrist today.
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Marc Lederman, DPM and Kurt Rode, DPM, treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages.
Weather can play a large part in staying safe during our activities and sports. Just like the summer heat and humidity can lead to exhaustion and dehydration, winter has its fair share of effects on your body, too. From blisters to frostbite, it’s best to take precautions to avoid worst-case scenarios. Here’s how you can have fun and avoid injuries this winter!
Reduce Your Risk
Winter activities can put a lot of strain and pressure on your legs. Both your knees and ankles act as a “shock absorber” and brakes while you ski, snowboard, and skate. Using knee braces while you participate in winter sports can limit the risk of an injury.
Make sure your ski bindings are adequately adjusted according to your skill level and always fall to the side instead of forward or backward. For ankle sprains, which are most common during snowboarding, work on your balance with a wobble board. Consider sports insoles and ankle tape, as well.
Choose The Appropriate Gear
Dressing appropriately for whatever activity you’re participating in is key to comfortability and preventing an injury. Buying the right footwear can not only help with great performance, but it’ll save you from a trip to the emergency room or podiatry office. Using ice grips or traction devices can help with potential falls and slips.
If you’re using rental skates, make sure you try on a few sizes and choose the most comfortable one. Wearing thick, padded socks will help with blisters. Make sure you lace up your skates tightly around the ankle to prevent sprains.
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM, treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages.
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