One of the most common foot problems experienced by older people is bunions. These often undetected bumps appear on the side of the big toe over time and can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort when left untreated.
In this blog, we'll discuss the bunion pain you've been experiencing, how it can be treated and what you can do to prevent the pain from getting worse.
What Are the Symptoms of Bunions?
People who suffer from bunions will often have an incredibly painful, stiff, and sore foot. Many people will also experience pain, burning sensations, redness, soreness, and numbness.
A bunion can be painful and difficult to walk on. If you're experiencing any one of the following symptoms, you likely have a bunion: swelling, redness, thickened skin around the joint, pain in the area when at rest, or restricted movement in the big toe.
Bunion Treatment Options
We know how important it is to you to have bunion pain relief. That's why our team of professionals first evaluates your bunion and determines how it affects your foot and ankle health. Our goal is to find a solution that will help you be more comfortable. Here's what we do to ensure that we provide you with the best treatment:
Carefully examine your feet, ankle and toes correctly
Examine and assess your overall health history
Discuss any preexisting foot problems
Review and discuss your treatment options to determine the best solution for you
Bunion treatment is different for everyone, so our podiatrists will work with you to create a personalised plan that will allow you to continue your desired activities. Treatment could include orthotics, bandaging, or even surgery where necessary.
There are many ways to get relief from bunions. At The Hall Bank Clinic, we offer a variety of treatments that can alleviate pain and correct the problem. Mild cases often respond well to custom orthotics. For more severe cases, we use bunion pads and if necessary, surgery.
What Causes Bunions
If you have a bunion or are developing one, shoes can make it worse. The most common cause of bunions is inheriting a foot structure that leaves the foot vulnerable. Certain types of shoes, such as those that squeeze the toes together, actually cause the bunion to grow or worsen. Shoes that fit well and are the right type can help prevent this from happening, but many people run into problems when they don't wear the right size or type of shoe.
Some other causes of bunions are:
Arthritis and gout
Prolonged use of ill-fitting shoes
Foot injuries that apply pressure or stress to the front of the foot
How to Prevent Bunions
Wearing the wrong shoes can lead to foot pain and even bunion formation. To help prevent your bunions from getting worse, picking a shoe with a wider toe box and plenty of room between your toes and the end of the shoe is the key. This allows your toes to spread out and keeps your feet happy — no matter what type of feet you have (high arches, wide feet, narrow feet).
Size discrepancies are a common problem for those who purchase shoes from different stores. Even if you buy from the same store, they can change throughout their lifetime. It's important to check your size regularly to avoid foot discomfort.
If you are experiencing pain in your foot and think it could be caused by a bunion, we would be happy to help. Contact us today to book an appointment.
*This blog contains general information about medical conditions. You must not rely upon the information in this blog as medical advice. Medical advice should always be sought from an appropriately qualified podiatrist such as ourselves.