Caring for your bunion is actually much easier than you might think.
While its women that predominantly suffer from bunion problems, the fact remains that this joint deformity at the base of the big toe can happen to anyone. If left untreated, this deformity will progress and cause serious pain and other issues. This is why our Phoenix podiatrist Dr. Michael Dershowitz recommends that you follow these simple rules for keeping your bunion symptoms under control:
Wear the Proper Footwear
You can imagine just how much your bunion will cry out in pain if you slip into high heels, shoes with pointed toes or shoes that are too tight. Why would you put your feet through this kind of abuse? There is no need to do this when there are a variety of shoes out there that can provide the proper fit while also offering stability and support. Remember, your toes should be able to wiggle around in your shoes. If they can’t then the shoes are too tight.
If your shoes are rubbing against your bunion or if you just want to provide additional protection for your bunion while wearing shoes, you can place a non-medicated moleskin pad over the bunion. This will also prevent friction, calluses or an infection from developing.
If you are having trouble controlling your bunion pain then talk to our Phoenix foot doctor for other suggestions. In some cases, particularly for more serious symptoms, you may require more aggressive options like corticosteroid injections.
In rare situations in which bunions symptoms are severe, don’t respond to treatment and affect your quality of life, we will recommend that you get surgery. While surgery is the only way to correct this deformity, more often than not, people can control their symptoms through non-surgical methods.
Do you have questions about your bunion symptoms? Want to learn about other ways in which we can reduce your pain and swelling? If so, then call Southwest Foot Institute in Phoenix or Glendale, AZ, today to find out how we can improve your foot health for the long term.