Why are bunions painful? Put simply, they’re deformities associated with the MTP (metatarsophalangeal) joint found at the base of your big toe. When the metatarsal bone of the foot begins to turn outward while the big toe turns inward, the joint will jut out and the bunion is formed. It becomes inflamed, stiff, and painful because the majority of shoes are not designed to support and protect against such misalignment of the joint.
What can you do to avoid bunion formation and progression? Aside from seeking professional advice from your podiatrist here at Affiliated Podiatrists, LTD., in one of our Chicago, IL, offices, here are some practical tips to keep your Chicago bunion in check.
Shoes for Comfort
When you wear comfortable shoes, there is less pressure over the joint where bunions usually form. Comfortable shoes are normally wider at the toe box to give your toes more room for movement. By allowing your toes to rest comfortably, you protect your feet from Chicago bunions.
Aside from the toe box, make sure that your heel and arch are protected as well. This can be assured by having properly fitted shoes. Make sure that your shoes feel comfortable the moment you put it on without having to break it in. In addition, use high heeled-shoes in moderation if necessary.
Take Care of Your Feet
It does not matter where you are, giving your feet ample rest will go a long way in protecting it against bunions. Take off your shoes whenever possible to allow your feet to rest. If you need to wear high-heeled shoes for work, take every opportune moment to rest your feet.
Likewise, learning to take care of your feet from childhood will protect you later in your life. Considering that bunions do not develop overnight, protecting your feet early on will spare you from the pain of bunions. Exercise your feet and toes to strengthen them and prevent bunions.
Part of taking care of your feet is to always be aware of their shape. Any changes in the shape may be a sign of bunion formation, especially if the condition runs in your family. This warrants a proper examination, and if applicable, professional treatment from your podiatrist here in Chicago, IL.
Padding the Bunion
What can you do if you already have a bunion? You should pad or brace the bunion to prevent it from progressing while also minimizing your pain. Shoe inserts that correct the position of the foot will also go a long way in negating the impact of bunions. Using a splint as you sleep will keep your toe straight to ease any discomfort. Additionally, you can treat it with a warm soak, ice pack, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications to help ease irritation and pain.
Take note that surgery is usually not an option in avoiding bunion formation and progression unless an underlying deformity has been identified. Consult with your podiatrist for treatment procedures that apply to your condition.
Get Relief from Your Bunion Now
Schedule a consultation with one of our podiatrists here at Affiliated Podiatrists, LTD, by calling our Central Ave. Chicago, IL, office at (773) 202-8800 or our Francisco Ave. Chicago, IL, office at (773) 558-4799.