3 Easy Bunion Treatments

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Bunions are one of the most common conditions to affect the feet. However, since they develop so slowly, many folks put off dealing with the issue until their bunions or bunionettes (the smaller bunions that form on your pinky toe) become more rigid and painful. These are much more difficult to treat than when they first make an appearance.

Bunions are identifiable from the bony bump that forms on the top or side of the toe joint. As the bunion grows, the toe is pushed into the other toes with considerable force causing rubbing, blisters, and overlapping toes. The condition can affect your big toe and pinky toe and you inherit the tendency to develop the problem from your parents.

Wearing poorly-fitting shoes or high heels that stuff your toes together in the front of the shoe will accelerate the formation of bunions and other toe deformities. Having untreated flat feet and inflammatory diseases like arthritis are also risk factors.

3 easy ways to treat and help correct bunions include the following:

1)    Wear shoes with a wide toe box—The friction from your toe rubbing on your footwear can cause blisters and corns to develop on the bunion and adjoining toes. By wearing shoes with a wide toe box, you give your toes more room and the bunion bump won’t rub against your footwear as easily.

2)    Physical therapy—A variety of stretching and strengthening exercises can be used to help keep the big (or pinky) toe joints flexible. Toe scrunching exercises and picking up marbles with your toes are two great methods for increasing strength and flexibility.

3)    Custom orthotic inserts and braces—A specially designed brace may be worn during sleep to help pull the bending digit back into a straighter position. Check with your foot doctor about custom orthotic shoe inserts that help straighten your toes and keep them apart.

If your bunions continue to deteriorate and become more painful, surgery by your foot doctor may be necessary. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.