Tight, narrow shoes and high heels often lead to bunions. Bunions make it painful to wear shoes because the base of your big toe gets larger and sticks out. If your big toe looks crooked and it has become difficult to wear shoes comfortably, call or make an appointment online at Huntington Beach Foot Doctors in Huntington Beach, California to find relief from your bunions.
Bunions are a common condition and develop over time. They reflect a change in the anatomy of your foot. The formation of bunions begins with your big toe pointing toward your second toe.
This malalignment is because the joint at the base of your big toe carries most of your weight when you walk. Over time, bunions cause severe and constant pain as your joint becomes stiff and sore. Bunions often make it agonizing to wear shoes. Other symptoms include:
While Huntington Beach Foot Doctors typically diagnoses bunions as part of a physical examination of your feet, X-rays can help determine the severity and what, if any, damage the bunion has caused. This information allows the practice to determine the best course of treatment for you.
The only way to get rid of bunions is through surgery. However, there are more conservative approaches that help alleviate pain and slow the growth of your bunions. These include:
Shoes should feel comfortable and roomy. It’s best to try on and walk around in shoes before you purchase them, and not just go by the size stamped on the bottom.
Non-medicated moleskin or gel-filled bunion pads purchased over-the-counter help cushion the painful area.
Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen help relieve pain and reduce swelling.
Apply ice to your big toe for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day to reduce swelling.
If the above approaches fail to provide relief, there are several surgical procedures Huntington Beach Foot Doctors offers for bunions, including:
There isn't one single approach best for everyone. To discuss the options available to ease the discomfort of your bunions, call or make an appointment online today at Huntington Beach Foot Doctors in Huntington Beach, California.