Bunions Tend to Creep Into the Picture
Bunions seem to sneak into the picture without notice and cause far reaching damage without surgery. Our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM at NOLA Sole Podiatry will help provide you with important preventive information and treatment plans if necessary to help alleviate your bunion pain. Please call us at 504-302-1586 or visit us at our New Orleans, LA location to learn more about this condition.
Bunions occur when the bone on the bottom of the big toe joint moves out of place from its normal position. This happens because of unusual movement or pressure being placed on the big toe, which causes it to bend in the direction of the other toes and then produce a painful bump at that location of the joint. This condition can be hereditary, the result of footwear or any other trauma that occurs on the toes. Women tend to develop this condition more often than men because of the footwear that they choose to wear, such as narrow or high-heeled shoes. Those with stiff joints tend to be more prone to develop bunions.
Once bunions form, they will likely remain unless removed with surgery. This makes preventing the formation of this condition very important. Preventative tips include:
- Reduce weight for those who are obese.
- Utilize soft padding to protect the toes against friction from the inside of shoes.
- Use of shoe inserts to place the foot in an optimal position.
- Use anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling.
- Soak feet in warm soaks.
- Use ice.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that give ample space in the toe box.
If these methods do not work, surgery may be required to reposition the big toe to its correct position and place bones, ligaments and tendons back to their optimal locations so that the bump caused by bunions is completely removed.
Since bunions can become permanent without surgical removal, it is important to contact us as soon as possible to give your toes the best chance of not ever feeling the lasting effects from bunions.