Bunion- what’s this?
As I’ve said in my previous post I have a bunion in my left foot. I don’t even remember how I ever got this. Every time I am wearing stiletto shoes (when I was still working) my feet will sore and it’s really painful. Then I noticed that the big toe in my left foot leans toward the second toe, rather than pointing straight ahead.
But what really causes bunion? I found an answer in footphysicians.com
Bunions are most often caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot. It is not the bunion itself that is inherited, but certain foot types that make a person prone to developing a bunion.
Although wearing shoes that crowd the toes won’t actually cause bunions in the first place, it sometimes makes the deformity get progressively worse. That means you may
experience symptoms sooner.
I’m glad to know that there are treatments available, here are some that I’ve found:
Padding. Pads placed over the area of the bunion can help minimize pain. You can get bunion pads from your foot and ankle surgeon or purchase them at a drug store. Medications. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may help to relieve pain.
Injection therapy. Although rarely used in bunion treatment, injections of corticosteroids may be useful in treating the inflamed bursa (fluid-filled sac located in a joint) sometimes seen with bunions.
- Changes in shoewear. Wearing the right kind of shoes is very important. Choose shoes that have a wide toe box and forgo those with pointed toes or high heels which may aggravate the condition.
- Activity modifications. Avoid activity that causes bunion pain, including standing for long periods of time.
- Icing. Applying an ice pack several times a day helps reduce inflammation and pain.
- Orthopedic devices. In some cases, custom orthopedic devices may be provided by the foot and ankle surgeon.
What ever happens in life we should always remember to live life to the fullest!