Bunion treatment

Bunions are painful bumps on the side of the foot at the joint where your big toe is. Poor fitting shoes can cause a sore to develop which can turn into a callus. The callus can then turn into a bunion which causes the surrounding tissue to become inflamed and swollen. Bunions can cause your big toe to turn inward towards your second toe. For some people, a bunion can cause the big toe to push under the second toe and then displace all the other toes as well. This condition can become quite painful and in severe cases surgery may be required to correct the disfigurement caused by bunions.

Bunion treatment can be difficult to undergo, especially if surgery is required. Bunion treatment is absolutely necessary for some people who have severe bunions causing deformities if they want to continue living a quality life. Women are more prone to developing bunions than men. This is probably because of ill fitting narrow-toed high heeled shoes often worn by women. However, bunions can be present at birth and can also be caused by injuries to the foot.

For bunion treatment to be effective it should address the cause of the bunion so that proper treatment can be given. One of the effective treatments is to avoid wearing ill fitting shoes. Instead, you should wear lose fitting shoes or sandals. Soaking the feet in warm water can help relieve the pain and soften calluses which have developed. Treatment for bunions includes taking aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief. Some patients are prescribed naproxen to relieve inflammation and pain associated with bunions. Bunions treatment can also include applying ice to reduce inflammation. The ice should not be put directly on the skin. Applying ice should be done 2 to 3 times a day. You can also be treated for bunions by using bunion splints and custom insoles for your shoes.

Bunion treatments and surgical intervention for the treatment of bunions can be optimized by following up with proper foot care and hygiene. People who have chronic pain due to having bunions will need an operation to correct foot deformities caused by a bunion. The success rate for bunion surgery is very high. The surgeon can realign the bones, ligaments and tendons in the foot to repair the damage done by a severe bunion. Most cases of bunions are treated conservatively. Bunions can heal on their own if you switch to wearing looser shoes with a wide toe and flat soles. Sandals are perfect for people to wear when they are treating bunions.

If you have a bunion that is causing pain and disfigurement you should see an orthopedic surgeon to discuss the best bunions treatment for your case. You can find an orthopedic surgeon by searching for one online are by being referred to one by your general practitioner medical doctor. Injection therapy is also available for bunions treatment. This is where corticosteroids are injected to relieve the inflamed fluid filled sac called the bursa that is located in the joint on the big toe. You can also purchase a bunion pad or a bunion shield to help reduce the pain of the bunion when walking. Some people use a moisturizer like flexitol heel balm on their bunion daily to help soften hard skin caused by corns and calluses that can turn into bunions. A pumice stone can be used to reduce the thickness of the hard skin as well. The best bunions treatment is to prevent them from forming in the first place. Make sure you wear well fitting shoes with plenty of room for the toes. If your shoes hurt your feet when walking you should discard them for better fitting shoes.

Last updated on Feb 12th, 2011 and filed under Other Conditions & Diseases. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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