Having a bunion can be painful and interfere with your daily life. When the bones in the front part of your foot shift out of place, it creates a bony bump on your big toe joint. This bump can produce redness and swelling. Things like walking, exercising, or wearing shoes grow more difficult with bunions. Luckily, there are ways you can prevent and treat your condition!
Signs you might have a bunion include:
- A bony bump on the base of your big toe
- Pain, redness, or swelling around the big toe
- Pain, especially when walking
- Difficulty moving your big toe
- Trouble finding shoes that fit comfortably
If you have ongoing pain, it’s important you see your podiatrist and get treated.
Options vary depending on the severity of your bunion.
- Wearing comfortable shoes
- Bunion pads or cushions
- Over-the-counter medicine, like Advil, can help reduce pain and swelling
- Cortisone shots
- Padded shoe inserts, like orthotics
- Applying ice
- Attending physical therapy
- Removing the swelling around the bunion
- Removing part of the bone
- Realigning the bone to correct the abnormal position
One of the most common reasons for bunions is wearing high heels or other ill-fitting shoes. Buying and wearing comfortable shoes is key to preventing bunions and plenty of other foot problems. Shoes should have a wide toe box and conform to your foot, with no pain, pressure, or tightness felt.
After treatment or surgery, it’s important to stop wearing heeled shoes, allow your foot enough time to heal, and take precautions to avoid another bunion.
Although bunions often aren’t serious, it’s important to get yours looked at ASAP. Leaving a bunion alone or just utilizing at-home treatments isn’t enough. Bunions can grow worse over time, leading to more pain and swelling. Once you spot a bunion, be sure to call your podiatrist and get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
At Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC, Dr. Anant Joshi and his staff treat a range of conditions and are committed to providing results. To schedule an appointment, contact his office in Woodland Park, NJ, at 973-256-0002.