Experts at Mayo Clinic suggest that there are other ways to care for bunions than just opting for surgery. For example, one suggestion is to opt for better fitting, more comfortable shoes. Flexible shoes that provide ample room in the toe area may help tremendously to ease some of the pressure brought on by bunions. Keep in mind that shoes can be stretched out to aid with further comfort.
Pain can additionally be controlled with over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory agents. Cortisone injections can also be used as an alternative to surgery.
Bunions are very painful and often difficult to treat without professional help. For assistance with bunions, speak to podiatrist Dr. Gary Curson, D.P.M. of Miami Area Feet. Dr. Curson will treat your podiatric needs.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.
Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.
Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.
A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.
Blood Tests – testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.
Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.
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