Now that the warm weather is here people are beginning to enjoy the outdoors. Unfortunately, if you have a bunion, simple activities like running, hiking, or just going for a stroll can cause great discomfort. Make sure you’re educated on all the available information to treat this painful condition.

A bunion is a big bump on the inner part of your big toe. It is an enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint at the base. This can cause your big toe to become misaligned. Smaller bunions, called bunionettes, can form on the outside of the pinky toe. Bunions may be caused by inherited genetic traits, although many other factors can exacerbate the problem.


Most people with bunions will experience at least one of the following symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Soreness
  • Pain
  • Reduced mobility
  • Numbness
  • Swelling


Try to avoid wearing high heels or shoes with a narrow width. Always wear roomy, comfortable shoes. Extra padding in your shoe can help. A heating pad or warm foot bath can help relieve some pain and inflammation. Using an ice pack is also beneficial.

Maintain a healthy weight and keep off your feet for extended periods of time.

Before trying any home remedies, diabetic patients, as well as other patients with wounds, should check with their doctor first.  A doctor may prescribe medication to reduce inflammation and discomfort. Unfortunately, none of this will fix the problem and bunions tend to get worse with time.

Visiting a specialist can provide you with several options. A good podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics. These are shoe inserts specially designed to provide support to your unique foot shape. A specialist can also x-ray your foot and decide if surgery is warranted. The surgeon can remove the enlarged portion of bone and realign the tissue and muscle surrounding the joint.

If you are suffering from bunions, Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas) is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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