What Can You Do About Your Bunion?

A bunion is a large hard bump usually next to your big toe. If you have one, you already know how painful it is. You’re having a difficult time wearing shoes and walking without feeling an agonizing pain in your foot. You wonder how you can get relief. Luckily, the podiatrists at Southwest Foot Institute in Phoenix, Glendale and Scottsdale, AZ know just what to do to relieve your bunion pain.

Bunions affect women more than men. In fact, over half of the women in America have bunions, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. The chief culprit is from wearing shoes that are narrow, without enough room for your toes. Your toes get bunched up and high heels push the foot and your toes forward, adding to the problem.

Your Phoenix, Glendale and Scottsdale podiatrists want you to know about some home remedies you can try. These ideas may provide relief to small bunions:

  • Wear comfortable, wide shoes that don’t cramp your toes
  • Put ice on your bunion several times per day
  • Take pain medication like Tylenol or ibuprofen
  • Tape your foot to cushion and support the bunion
  • Wear inserts or pads in your shoes

If your bunion is larger and more painful, it’s time to call the podiatrists at Southwest Foot Institute. They will take x-rays and do a thorough exam to determine how much bone is involved. Then they can develop a customized treatment plan just for you. They may suggest treatments including:

  • Cortisone injections around the bunion to relieve swelling and pain
  • Straightening your foot and big toe to create better alignment
  • Fusing your toe joints together to provide support
  • Surgically removing excess tissue or bone in your big toe

Bunions are painful, annoying and debilitating, but that doesn’t mean you need to suffer. Help is just a phone call away from the podiatrists at Southwest Foot Institute, with offices in Phoenix, Glendale and Scottsdale, AZ. Call today and get some relief from your bunion pain!

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