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5 Tips for Beating Bunions

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Mound of different colored shoes March is Women’s History Month—a time set aside to remember the incredible women who have lived and contributed so much to our world. Throughout history, women have broken the mold of societal expectations for their roles and helped make the world a better place. Also throughout history, women have dealt with painful problems. Some of these are big and society-wide, while others are personal and physically uncomfortable, like bunions. Although smaller than the big issues women face, you shouldn’t blow off the pain. You can do something about bunions right now.

Bunions are deformities that result when uneven pressure on your forefoot causes the big toe and its metatarsal bone to slide out of their proper alignment. The joint becomes unstable and bulges to one side. Your natural biomechanics are the underlying reason, but fashionable heels and footwear with pointed toe boxes can contribute to their development, which may be why they cause pain for so many women.

The good news is that bunions can be managed. They don’t have to grow increasingly painful, or keep you from doing the things you love. Basic home treatment can help alleviate the discomfort and slow or stop the deformity from getting worse. Here are a few things you can do for your own bunion:

  • Wear low heels – Choose shoes with low, cushioned heels. Stick to pumps that are two inches or less in the back.
  • Keep toe boxes wide – Avoid styles with narrow, pointed toe boxes, since they squeeze your forefoot.
  • Pad the bump – Stick a soft pad between the bunion and the side of your shoe to minimize pressure and friction.
  • Ice the bump – Apply an ice pack several times a day. This reduces swelling and inflammation, which helps with pain.
  • Try low-impact exercises – Low-impact activities tend to decrease stress on the ball of the foot, which makes your bunion less likely to get worse.

These simple changes and easy home treatments can make more of a difference for your feet than you know. If you continue to struggle with bunion pain, however, let our team at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. know about it. We’ll help you get more effective, prescribed care if you need it. Make an appointment by calling us: (203) 288-4055 for Hamden, or (203) 876-7736 for Milford.

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Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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