If you have ever experienced a bunion then you know just how painful this common foot problem can be. The specific causes of bunions are not clearly understood and there is considerable debate among podiatrists and other medical experts about their cause. Some believe they develop because of forcing the foot into tight, restrictive shoes while others are more likely to suggest it is a genetic issue that is simply made worse by shoe selection. We see many celebrities such as Lebron James, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Tyler, and Paris Hilton walking around with bunion deformities to their feet. Dr Anthony Weinert, a board certified foot specialist with practice locations in both Warren and Troy, Michigan discusses the misunderstood Bunion.
A bunion is a large bump that forms on the joint of the big toe, the hallux, where it attaches to the foot. As the shoe forces the big toe over the next toe, the joint itself becomes irritated and inflamed. This can then lead to a bony layer over the joint that becomes more pronounced over time. Symptoms include pain when walking, redness and swelling of the joint of the big toe, angling of the top of the big toe over the other toes and blisters that developed because of the protrusion.
Treatment options for bunions include:
Pain relievers – most doctors will recommend an over the counter anti-inflammatory and pain reliever as a first measure. If this does not provide enough relief then prescription medications may be required, but typically only when used in combination with other more long lasting treatment.
Changing shoes – changing the types of shoes you wear to a wider toe area that removes the pressure on the big toe can help if the bunion is just becoming problematic.
Orthotics – is not uncommon that along with wider shoes or open toed shoes you may also find that bunion pads or shoe inserts that take the pressure off the big toe allow the foot to re-align over time.
Surgery – typically surgery is only used in cases that have progressed to the point of joint damage. The joint is actually correctively reconstructed to allow the toe to sit naturally in the joint. This includes cutting the ligaments that have shortened and may actually be contributing to the inward positioning of the big toe.
Early treatment of bunions is most effective and prevents the need for surgery. At the first sign of any problems see a foot specialist and make the changes need for foot health.
For more information on Bunions you can visit Dr Weinert’s website at www.stopfeetpainfast.com Dr Weinert is also a published author of “Stop Feet Pain Fast – A User’s Guide to Foot & Ankle Health” and be sure to request a FREE copy of his book while on his website. You can also listen to Dr Weinerts weekly radio show called Happy Feet Radio on iTunes which discusses foot health and wellness. You can also listen and download previous episodes of Happy Feet Radio and learn more about Dr Weinert by visiting www.docweinert.com