Bunions

bunionsIf you are unfamiliar with bunions, they are generally small abnormal protrusions at the outer edge base of your big toe. You will notice the big toe turning into your second toe when this happens. In this article we will discuss some of the causes and treatments you can take if this is a problem you’re encountering.

Bunions can be hereditary and are more common in women than men. Another leading cause for this condition is a woman’s footwear. Women wearing narrow high healed shoes can aggravate this condition to where the pain becomes to much and they must change their footwear. The pain comes from swelling where the bone can fill up with fluid, extra tissue surrounds the bone adding more pressure to this area.

Early Warning Signs

Blisters are an early warning sign for this condition. This can be the start of a bunion followed by redness and skin irritation in the lower toe area. Once the visible signs are there you should go see a doctor so they can take an x-ray for confirmation of this condition.

One of the problems you can face, if you ignore this deformity, is a mechanical malfunction in your fore foot. This will create problems in other parts of your foot in addition to your bunion. Walking and other exercises become painful if you ignore this problem, it is not one of those problems that goes away in time.

Things You Can Do To Relieve The Pain

The most obvious first step to relieve the pain is to change your shoes.

Getting a bigger sized shoes can help. You can get heel or toe stuffers to take up the added room in your shoes. Another easy way to reduce pain is to retro fit an older pair of shoes, just cut them. Yes, cut a hole in the side of your shoe where the bunion is at.

There are shoes that have flexible sides to them, you might want to try these to see how much pressure you take off your bunions. In your leisure time using ice has been known to reduce the swelling and pain, of course you cannot do this at work, but you will find medications which can have the same effect.

In the orthotic product line there are gelled toe spacers, bunion spacers and bunion cushions that can relive the pain when doing your daily duties.

Surgery

There are over 100 different types of surgeries associated with this condition. Your podiatrist will narrow down the type of surgery based on deformity, age, health and activity profile.

The surgery procedure generally involves removing the extra tissue around the bone, then removing the bunion bone and finally realigning the big toe back to a normal position. The days of using a cast after this procedure are pretty much gone, the use of screws and other material to fuse the bone are becoming more common as technology advances.

Awareness and taking action when you first discover bunions is your best preventative measures to avoid any further damage. If you do need surgery expect a recovery period of not less than 4 weeks.

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Foot Problems

How to take care of your feet

To be able to maintain healthy feet you have to try and take care of  them. This could prevent many foot problems and the better you care for your feet the better they’ll take care of you.

It is crucial to turn your foot health into a daily routine. Just like healthy teeth, skin and hair, it’s essential,

Should you suffer diabetes, please consult a professional  before you decide to follow any instructions.

a. Do not  ignore any foot discomfort. Painful feet aren’t normal. Many feet conditions could be healed and you should get them looked at by a professional as soon as possible.

b. Clean them daily in warm soap and water but don’t soak them as this may cause them to excessively dry

c. Dry them completely, particularly in between your toes.

d. Apply moisturizing cream all around them, except between the toes.

e. Inspect them regularly. Particular attention ought to be provided to alterations in color and temperature.

f. You need to speak to a professional if your nails become thick, very hard and/or change colour.

g. Any growth in your feet, for example ingrown toenails calluses and verrucae ought to be supervised.

h. Peeling of your skin or excessively dried-out skin ought to be treated. Talk to a professional.

9. If your feet are scratchy, that might be an indication of a yeast infection of your skin. Talk to a professional.

i. Remove any hard skin you might have lightly having a pumice stone or perhaps a skin file. It’s not smart to utilize a pumice or skin file on the joint. Again, talk to a professional.

j. Trim foot nails with a nail trimmer. Cut them straight across and never way too short. Don’t cut lower than the corner because this can result in an in growing toenail. Patients with diabetes must have their nails cut by a Registered professional.

k. Choose appropriate footwear.

l. Buy your new footwear in the afternoons when your feet are usually at their biggest.

m. Run in new footwear gradually and don’t forget new footwear shouldn’t hurt.

n. Be careful of natural home remedies for ingrown toenails and verrucae as they possibly can damage the skin.

o. Don’t execute bathroom surgery, eliminating a corn with a set of scissors can be quite harmful and can result in further issues with the ft.

p. Avoid walking barefoot, as the feet tend to be more vulnerable to injuries and infection.

q. If you’re on a beach, put sun screen on your feet as you would on the body.

r. Males should put on cotton socks that absorb moisture. Women should avoid excessively limited nylon material.

s. Always talk to a professional if you have any complications with your feet.

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