Frequently Asked Questions about Bunions
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Are bunions hereditary?
Are bunions hereditary? Let’s put it this way: the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, and neither do the foot problems. If your mother or father has a bunion, chances are you'll inherit the same condition. Foot disorders are often hereditary. However, there are a few things you can do to slow the rate of bone enlargement and strive to prevent a painful bump from forming.
To lessen your chances of developing bunions, practice good hygiene. Always avoid wearing tight shoes that pinch or crowd the toes, such as pointed-toed heels or boots. Instead, wear shoes that allow your toes room to spread out. Stick to low or flat heels and avoid the platforms and stilettos. Footwear with good arch support is also very helpful.
If you already have bunions, be sure to avoid activities that place pressure on your toes, such as ballet or cycling. If the pain becomes unbearable, visit Family Foot Care and Surgery, L.L.C. in Milford and Hamden, CT. For an appointment or more information, use our website contact form or call to reach us at (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location.
What is the Painful, Red Bump on the Outside of My Foot?
You may wonder, what is a tailor’s bunion, or bunionette? Much like a traditional bunion, this bump develops at the base of a toe when the digit and its metatarsal become displaced from their normal positions. Instead of the big toe, however, a tailor’s bunion is the misalignment of the smallest digit, on the outside of your foot. It develops because of biomechanical issues that allow the toe to slide out of its natural place and create that bulge. Occasionally, the bump can also be a spur growing out of the joint.
As the bulge enlarges, it rubs uncomfortably against your footwear. The friction can make it difficult to wear many shoes may even make it uncomfortable to walk around as the problem progresses. You need to have the problem addressed sooner rather than later, because the deformity will only worsen with time. Early conservative treatment, however, can significantly slow its progression. Contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. for more information or to book an appointment. Use our website contact page or call either of our two office locations to reach us: (203) 876-7736 for our Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location.
What non-surgical treatments are there for bunions?
A variety of non-surgical treatments for bunions are available to you. Icing your bunion lowers the inflammation in the joint. Padding the bony bulge will help keep it from rubbing painfully against your footwear. Taping the toe in the correct position helps realign the foot and slow damage. Shoe changes can reduce the stress on the ball of the foot. Custom orthotics can also work to keep your foot in the correct position so the condition doesn’t worsen. Stretches and exercises can help strengthen the muscles and connective tissues that maintain your foot’s alignment. You may still need medication to deal with the inflammation and discomfort.
If you’re struggling with bunion pain, don’t fear that surgery will be your only option keep you from seeking help. The sooner you treat your condition, the less likely you’ll need an invasive procedure to relieve your pain. Contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. here in Milford and Hamden, CT, by calling either office: (203) 876-7736 for our Milford location, and (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden office. You can also make an appointment by using our website contact form.