Treat Bunions Early To Avoid Other Problems

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One of the first indications that you are developing a bunion will be the appearance of a bump on the large joint of your big toe. Over time, the big toe pushes harder and harder into the other toes, causing bones and tendons to become misaligned and possibly forcing toes to overlap or underlap.

Corns and calluses can develop from all the friction. Women who frequently wear high-heeled shoes are more likely to develop toe deformities like bunions and hammertoes.

Risk factors for developing bunions include the following:

  • Hereditary influence

  • Overpronation

  • Arthritis

  • Wearing tight-fitting shoes like high heels

  • Being on your feet all day for work

Initial treatment for bunions may include the following:

  • Resting, icing, and elevation will reduce swelling and pain

  • Shoes that have a wide toe area will help reduce rubbing

  • Ibuprofen or Tylenol can reduce pain and inflammation

  • Foot and toe-stretching exercises will increase mobility

  • Splints or braces can be worn while sleeping to pull the big toe into the correct position

  • Orthotic shoe inserts can be used to redirect pressure and reduce complications

Since untreated bunions often contribute to hammertoes, bursitis, and neuromas, having them treated early can avoid complications. If you are suffering from painful bunions, it is essential to seek the expert care of your foot doctor to ensure proper treatment. 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.