Best treatment foot pain: All about Bunions and Treatment

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What are they?

A bunion is a growth enlargement and misalignment of bone at the Big toe joint. Tight shoes can certainly worsen and aggravate bunions, but are not the main cause of them. Bunions may run in the family and are often inherited…. They can become worse over time if left untreated causing pain, swelling, skin irritation and other foot problems…

Causes:

A bunion can often be triggered by shoes with narrow toes, but they’re not the underlying cause. Bunions run in families, because foot type (shape and structure) is hereditary, and some types of folks are more prone to bunions than others. Loose joints and tendons, low arches, and flat feet all increase the risk.  

Bunions won’t go away on their own. Untreated, usually they’ll just become worse, more painful and harder to get rid of.  In mild cases there will most likely be an underlying throbbing pain, especially when on your feet a lot.  Although it is true that you won’t die from a bunion, in more serious cases; it is an extremely painful condition. In fact, the pain can be crippling if it’s left unattended.

Get bunions removed?

This can be thought of as a pressure-response effect. Women are more likely than men to develop bunions. Bunion removal is a surgical procedure that corrects a deformed area of the foot near the big toe. Bunion removal is sometimes called a bunionectomy, bunionsurgery, or hallux valgus correction

Bunion surgery or bunionectomy is not particularly “more” painful than other surgeries but need plenty of time to heal. …  They are considered a medical condition and therefore surgery is generally covered by most health insurance plans so long as its associated with pain and functional limitations.  If the surgery on mild bunions is for the sole purpose of making the foot look better is considered cosmetic and generally excluded. The average total cost of bunion surgery is $5,600. Get a cost estimate based on your location, insurance, and doctor below. If you’ve been diagnosed with a painful bunion (a deformity of the big toe joint) your doctor may recommend bunion surgery.

Can my bunions grow back after undergoing a Bunionplasty?

If bunions do come back, they re-occur not regrow.  It is a possibility after bunion surgery for a recurrance, however, it is not common in most cases. A bunion is a subluxating big toe joint rather than actual growth of bone. It takes approximately six weeks or more for the bones to mend in the corrected position.. Also, that part of the foot does not have much soft tissue surrounding the bones, so moderate postoperative swelling can aggravate the nerves, causing pain.

Don’t want Surgery?

Do bunions have to be removed? In general, if your bunion is not painful, you do not need surgery. Although bunions often get bigger over time, doctors do not recommend surgery to prevent bunions from worsening. … After surgery, it is possible for ongoing pain to develop in the affected toe — even though there was no bunion pain prior to surgery.

Podietrists say the Natural Approach is often the way to go firstly. The following approaches may relieve the pain and pressure on the toe joint: Maintain a normal weight.  Use shoe inserts to help position the foot correctly. Wear Wider Shoes. Changing your shoes can help take stress off of your big toe and allow the bunion to heal. …

What Else can I do? 

There is the bunion splint which is a device that is recommended to be worn at night (while sleeping) that physically pushes the bigtoe back into normal alignment. Bunion splints don’t work overnight and are a long term management solution. They likely won’t reverse the bunion but can halt progression of the bunion.

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Most podiatrists say these approaches may relieve the pain and pressure on the toe joint: Maintain a normal weight. Protect the bunion with a moleskin or gel-filled pad, which you can buy at a drugstore that can be a temporary solution. Use shoe inserts to help position the foot correctly. It takes approximately six weeks for the bones to mend in the corrected position. 

Use Pads or Shoe Inserts to Correct Your Foot’s Position. … Stretch the Feet. …   Fix Your Form When Exercising. …   Manage Pain Naturally. Apply ice to the joint for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin. Elevate your foot so that your toe is higher than your heart. Try bunion pads, arch supports, or custom-made supports (orthotics) placed just behind the big toe joint on the bottom of your foot. Start by wearing the splint for 20 minutes. If that’s comfortable increase the amount of time you wear it each day. Gradually work up to tightening the toe strap. Remember it takes time for the soft tissue around the joint to stretch.

 

Supportive footwear is Critical

If you’re wearing flat shoes, like ballet-pumps, and your feet pronate (roll in when you walk), it will make your condition worse. Look for footwear with a moulded foot-bed inside the shoe, preferably with a low heel. You also need plenty of toe room, so choose shoes with rounded toes. Bunion surgery cannot make the foot completely normal, but can improve motion and alignment of the big toe and correct the deformity. … Many patients will not be able to wear tight fitting shoes after surgery, including high heels; though there is some evidence that heels under 6 centimeters (or 2.5 inches) are OK.

I would Love to hear from you;

As I am always researching and adding more content to this site as I learn more. I welcome your experiences or if you would just like to add your thoughts or info to help improve these articles please feel free to leave your comments below….

 

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