If you are suffering from bunions, you know how uncomfortable they can be. Causing friction and pain, these protrusions on the side of your big toe make wearing shoes unpleasant, and may cause you embarrassment when barefoot or in sandals.
Fortunately, bunions can be treated, but prevention is always best. At Norridge Foot Clinic in Norridge, IL, our podiatrists can help you keep bunions from forming, and help reduce the pain of those that have already occurred.
What causes a bunion?
A bunion occurs when a joint on the big toe becomes displaced and enlarged, causing your shoes to be tighter around the bump. This puts pressure on the toe and the friction can cause pain, blisters, and redness. Bunions can also bend in direction of your other toes, causing further discomfort and irritation. Left untreated, bunions may lead to hammertoes, arthritis, and even difficulty walking.
How can I prevent bunions?
Most important in preventing bunions is choosing proper footwear. Shoes that are narrow, too small, pointy toed or otherwise ill fitting can cause bunions to grow and progressively worsen. A bunion can also result from foot injuries, so you should consult your podiatrist at our Norridge office if you suffer any trauma to your foot. If you have naturally flat feet, you may be more susceptible to bunions. Ask your podiatrist at our Norridge office about the best shoes for flat feet.
How can I treat my bunions?
Bunions won't go away on their own, so it is important to work with your podiatrist to effectively treat them early on. Non-surgical treatments won't reduce the size of your bunion, but they can provide you with relief and lessened irritation.
Choosing properly fitted, cushioned shoes is the first step—narrow, tight shoes will only worsen your bunions. You can try padding in your shoes to minimize friction, or orthotic devices to help keep your foot in proper position. Your podiatrist at our Norridge office may also recommend wearing splints while you sleep to help with joint alignment.
If your bunions are severe, they may require surgical intervention to remove the bunion, followed by a toe realignment.
Treatment for bunions
Don't let bunions distress your feet. Call your podiatrist in Norridge today at (773) 625-2211.