Bothersome Bunions: How do They Occur and is there Help?
Do you ever find yourself longing for the end of a long workday, when you can finally take your shoes off, put your feet up and let out a long sigh of relief? You are definitely not alone! Another reason you are not alone is that the source of foot pain for many in this situation is from having bunions.
Bunions are one of the more common foot conditions treated by podiatrists, and often patients come in after they have suffered too long unnecessarily. A bunion is more than just a bump on your toe. It is actually proof of changing in the framework of the bones in that part of your foot, the first metatarsal to be specific. Many people are under the impression that it is their poor choice in footwear that has led to their bunions when in reality their foot condition has developed from an abnormal foot structure and mechanics. As joint capsules and ligaments are stretched, the great toe leans in towards the second toe producing a “bump” on the side of the toe.
With pain on the side of the foot being a common symptom, Drs. Brook and Northcutt, at Dallas Podiatry Works remind patients to avoid stiff leather shoes or shoes with a tapered toe box. Bunions can also bring inflammation, redness and burning that most often occur when feet are forced into footwear that is too tight and crowds the toes. High heels and several different types of women’s shoes do this, which is why women tend to have more symptoms of bunions then men.
The good news is that there is help available! Foot pain is never normal and there is never a reason to simply resign to living with pain from bunions. Dallas Podiatry Works offers several treatment options including:
- Helping patients choose appropriate footwear to provide relief from the pain
- Using pads and cushions to reduce pressure over the bone
- Providing functional foot orthotics that can help reduce the risk of bunions
- Corrective or surgical measures such as bunionectomy and osteotomy
If you are suffering with pain from bunions, don't wait to seek help from a podiatrist. You can also see some bunion deformity before and after pictures to further encourage you that treatment does work and can bring your feet back to good health! Contact Drs. Brook and Northcutt today at 972-566-7474 to schedule your appointment.
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