Bunions and Cold Weather Don’t Mix
Let’s face it, bunionsare not cool. They just don’t feel good. Yet, it gets even worse! It turns out that cold weather makes them more painful. This relationship exists because the type of shoes worn in cold weather is generally far more constricting and tight than those worn in warmer temperatures. Factors that lead to this condition include flat feet, due to the big toe being pushed towards the smaller toes. High heeled shoes are also a big culprit since they shove the toes into the inside of shoes, causing trauma that leads to the formation of bunions. Boots in particular cause a large amount of pain due to their narrow form, which cause the toes to become painful and inflamed. This is a big problem since many boots are designed to be fashionable, which is generally code for uncomfortable.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Using different shoes if the ones you currently wear are causing bunion formation.
- Utilizing shoes that are wide, soft and allow for the toes to move around within them without being exposed to high levels of friction.
- Refrain from wearing high heels to help avoid trauma to the toes. Being cautious of wearing boots for long periods of time. This can be very helpful for reducing the effects of bunions.
- Using custom fitted orthotics to help offset any deformity and to help alleviate pain from the bunion.
- When the methods discussed above are not successful, surgery may become required to eliminate bunions and the inconvenience that they bring.
So, we’ve established that bunions aren’t good. It’s also known that cold weather results in uncomfortable shoes, which can irritate bunions further. Here at NOLA Sole Podiatrylocated in New Orleans, LA, our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM will provide your toes with the best treatment possible so that they can help your bunions become a condition of the past. Therefore, please schedule an appointment with us by calling our office at 504-302-1586 and we will have your feet fighting off the cold weather in comfort!