According to the Running Doc of the Daily News, there various treatments for bunions that sufferers may want to look into before opting for surgery. Bunions are identified as the big toe’s first joint along the inner portion of the foot that eventually forms a large bump. To prevent the bump from growing any larger, wear loose fitting shoes around the toes or flexible full length orthotics. It may be a good idea to avoid wearing high heels regularly and to use thin foam or silicone toe separators to prevent toes from rubbing together. Anti-inflammatories and corrective devices may also be used. Bunion surgery is the last option if the previously mentioned methods do not work.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.
Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.
Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.
A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.
Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.
Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, this usually indicates a bunion.
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