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Have you stopped participating in your favorite activities due to bunion pain? Thanks to several treatment options, it's possible to reduce or eliminate your pain. The podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg and River North, IL, share some information about bunions and explain how they're treated.
What are bunions?
Bunions occur when the joint at the base of your big toe moves out of alignment and begins to lean toward or overlap your second toe. Although high heels and tight shoes were once thought to cause bunions, foot doctors today know that's not the case, although wearing tight shoes will certainly worsen your symptoms. Many people who have bunions aren't the only people in their families with the condition. Because abnormal foot structure or mechanics are often inherited, your genes may have more to do with your condition than your footwear choice.
How can I manage bunion pain?
Wearing shoes that aren't wide enough to accommodate the bump at the base of your foot can be very painful. Once you swap tight shoes for ones that offer more room in the toe area, you may find that your pain decreases. In addition to choosing wider shoes that provide adequate support and cushioning for your foot, you may benefit from orthotics. The shoe inserts, specially designed for you in our Schaumburg or River North office, hold your foot in the optimum position and can slow the progression of your bunions.
Ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication can be helpful if your feet hurt at the end of a long day. As if bunion pain wasn't bad enough, many people who have the condition develop corns and calluses when the big toe constantly rubs against the second toe. Wearing corn pads can reduce pain and prevent corns and calluses from worsening.
What if home treatment doesn't help?
Although home treatment measures may reduce your pain and slow the progression of your condition, they can't eliminate your bunions. Surgery is the only way to restore the normal appearance and function of your joint. The type of surgery that your foot doctor recommends will depend on the severity of your condition.
Bunion treatment can help you lead a more active life. Call the podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg and River North, IL, to schedule an appointment if you're tired of living with bunions.
Not sure if you have a hammertoe or a bunion? River North, IL, podiatrists - Dr. Mark Jones, Dr. Bryan Hersh, Dr. Michael Lacey and Dr. George Tsoutsouris - explain the difference.
What is a hammertoe?
A hammertoe causes the first joint of your toe to bend at a right angle. If you look at the toe from the side, it looks a little like a hammer. The condition can affect any toe except your big toe. You're more likely to develop a hammertoe if you have an imbalance in your toe muscles, experienced a toe injury, have arthritis or wear shoes that are too tight. Tight shoes not only cause hammertoe, but can make your symptoms worse. When your bent toe rubs against the top of your shoe, corns and calluses tend to form.
Applying cushions and corn pads to your toe will help reduce pain and pressure, but you'll also want to buy shoes that offer more room in the toe box. You may be able to push your toe into its usual position with your finger when a hammertoe first forms. Unfortunately, if you don't treat the problem when your toe is still flexible, it may eventually become rigid.
When you visit the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North or our other convenient locations, our foot doctors may also recommend toe exercises to stretch your muscles, prescription orthotics or surgery if more conservative treatments don't improve your condition.
What is a bunion?
Unlike hammertoes, bunions only affect the big toe. The problem occurs when the bones in your foot become misaligned. When the bones move out of their normal position, you'll see a bump at the bottom of your big toe. Bunions are common in women who wear high heels, but can also occur if you frequently wear tight shoes, have arthritis in your foot or have a foot imbalance.
If you have bunion pain, changing the type of shoes you wear and taking over-the-counter pain medications can help ease your symptoms. Orthotics and night splints can also be helpful because these devices help realign your foot. If your bunion is severe, you may need surgery to correct your alignment problem.
Are you concerned about foot pain? Your River North, IL, podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine offer treatments that help you get back on your feet again. Make an appointment by calling one of these offices: Schaumburg, IL, (847) 352-1473, River North, Chicago, IL, (312) 923-1100, Elmhurst, IL, (630) 782-9600, Highland, IN, (219) 923-9090 or St. John, IN, (219) 627-2955.
Do you have bunions? Are you worried that your love of high heels might be to blame? While high heels can offer wonderful benefits for a woman's appearance, it is no secret that they are widely associated with foot pain, certain medical conditions such as bunions and extra trips to The Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North, IL as well.
Do High Heels Cause Bunions?
The good news is that high heels do not cause bunions--at least not directly. Instead, bunions are more likely caused by genetics or a poor gait--not shoe choice. This is why not everyone who wears high heels gets bunions and not everyone who gets bunions wears high heels. Other factors are at play.
Are High Heels Safe?
The bad news, however, is that while high heels don't directly cause bunions, they don't help either. In fact, if you are already at an increased risk for developing bunions, constantly wearing high heels that are too tight or poorly shaped may still increase your chances of bunions and other foot conditions that can send you to The Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North for treatment.
How Can I Avoid Getting Bunions?
While you cannot choose your genetic predispositions, you can make lifestyle and footwear choices that will help reduce your odds of developing bunions. For example, you will likely want to choose shoes with a low heel and a roomy toe box that fit securely without being snug. If you do continue to wear high heels, keep their use to a minimum and be sure to alternate them with shoes that let your feet expand as needed, such as sandals.
If you have flat feet or other conditions which affect your gate, you may want to look into special shoes or custom orthotics to keep your gait natural and pain-free.
Lastly, if you think you may be at an increased risk for developing bunions or if you are starting to develop them already, schedule an appointment at The Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North, IL as soon as possible. The sooner you seek treatment, the less severe your bunions are likely to be, and the easier the treatment should be.