We offer some self-care tips for alleviating bunion pain.
A bunion is a joint deformity located at the base of the big toe, which causes the bone to protrude. While anyone can develop bunions, this condition often plagues women. Over time, people with bunions may notice that exercise or even just day-to-day walking is painful. However, here are some measures you can take to care for and relieve your bunion discomfort from your West Houston podiatrist.
Find the right shoe
You don’t have to be Cinderella to find a shoe that fits. The next time you go shopping, look for shoes with a wider sole. This will offer support and also give your foot enough room so your toes aren’t crammed together. This will also accommodate the extra width of the bunion. Since high heels tend to be the culprit for many women’s bunion development, it’s safer to opt for heels that are no more than one-inch tall. After all, the higher the heel the more pressure there will be on the front of the foot.
Wrap to protect
To provide a little extra protection, you can always cover the bunion up with moleskin or a gel pad. You can even talk to us about how semi-soft orthotics could help relieve pressure and provide some added support for your tender feet. We are happy to create a customized orthotic to correctly reposition your foot while you walk.
If you experience bunion-related pain try…
NSAIDS(Ibuprofen) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help with swelling and discomfort.
Ice pack: As with most foot-related problems, ice can keep inflammation at bay. Place an ice pack on the bunion for about 10 to 20 minutes several times throughout the day.
Sometimes nothing feels better than a nice warm soak on tired, sore feet. The warmth can help relieve soreness and pain caused by your exhausted bunions.
If your bunion symptoms are more severe, talk to your West Houston podiatrist/ foot and ankle specialist about other more intensive measures for caring for your bunion pain. In some cases, surgery may be recommended. This is usually for patients who haven’t found relief from more conservative forms of treatment and who find their bunion pain debilitating. If you have any questions about self-care for your bunions, or if you suspect you have a bunion, call us today to set up an appointment.
Do you have any other self-help tips for caring for your bunions? If you’ve found something that’s truly worked for you, I’m sure other bunion sufferers would love to hear your advice.
If you ever experience pain in your ankles, feet or have any other symptoms that are causing concern, don’t hesitate to contact us at (281) 531-4100. Your West Houston podiatrist is here to help!