As you can imagine, bunions do not serve any purpose with your foot function at all. They happen as levels of dead skin develop on the side of the big toe. This can be the result of an abnormality of the bones that causes the big toe to hit against the toe next to it. Bunions can cause significant pain. This is why they need attention too. Ignoring them will only make things worse as the bunching together of your toes will create pain and long-term defects. Bunions happen because of friction or genetics. High heels are the enemy when it comes to bunions. When they get out of control, they do not compromise. As they become bigger and more painful, your foot health can significantly decrease.
Tips to keep bunions away:
- Wear shoes that are wide and give your toes much-needed space.
- Avoid trauma to your toes.
- Physical therapy can be helpful.
- Use padding devices to soften the effect of shoes on your feet.
- Use toe spacers to stop extra rubbing on your toes.
- When regular treatment methods are just not enough, surgery comes into play as it can help reduce bunions and help the toes heal. Surgery will straighten the bone, ligaments, tendons and nerves. It will act to place the big toe in its correct position. Recovery can last up to a year when the toe has been harshly obstructed by bunions.
Contact us at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, at any one of our offices in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, can treat your bunions with conservative or surgical methods and will help your toes stay clear of the pain that bunions bring! Please make an appointment by calling our office at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 and check out our Patient Education library for much more information about this and many other foot ailments so that you can get a head start on helping your feet stay healthy.