If you have a family member that has bunions, have arthritis, frequently wear tight fitting shoes such as high heels, and/or are older in age, it is very likely that you may develop a bunion. However, juvenile bunions also exist! A bony bump at the base of the big toe is the biggest sign that you may have developed (and/or inherited) this condition. Bunions can be painful and can cause an extreme amount of discomfort. Because a bunion protrudes on the side of the foot, it is likely that the bunion can continuously rub against the inside of your shoe. This causes frequent friction and pain for some, which may also cause calluses to form.
Bunions Pain Treatment
There are a number of ways to help alleviate discomfort if you are experiencing pain due to having a bunion. To begin, it is important that you maintain a healthy body weight in order to lessen the pressure put on your feet. Icing and warming the affected area may also help ease pain, as well as wearing wider-set shoe gear in order to avoid friction between your shoe gear and bunion. Some patients have also found shoe inserts (or orthotics) to be extremely helpful for correcting some of the position of the foot. In more serious cases where the pain is severe, a podiatrist may recommend surgery for treating the bunion.
If you would like more information on how to best treat your bunion, we recommend you consult with a Philadelphia podiatrist as soon as possible for professional care and a proper diagnosis.