Nearly a third of all people over the age of 65 have at least one bunion or bunionette. These are painful deformities that cause a large bump to develop and move the toe out of position, often forcing it into the other toes causing additional complications. The condition commonly affects the big toe joint, but can also affect the littlest toe, in which case it has the cutest name—a bunionette.
As a bunion grows, it can create difficulties in several ways. Not only is the bump indicative of all the pressure that is pushing the toe to the side, it also rubs against your footwear creating irritation, redness, and blistering.
Bunions have a hereditary component, so the condition may run in your family. They can also be created and exacerbated by wearing improperly fitting footwear such as pumps and narrow toed cowboy boots. People who have arthritis, flat feet, congenital deformity, or a foot injury are more susceptible to developing bunions.
How to Treat Bunions
Bunions will not improve much without some intervention on your part. They are actually rigid bone deformities, and can be difficult to treat. Many people wait until their bunions have gotten particularly painful before seeking help form a foot care professional. The sooner you see your podiatrist the more likely you will be able to effective treat your bunions without surgery.
Tips for managing your bunions include:
- Proper footwear with orthotic inserts—Make sure to get properly fitted for shoes that have ample room in the toe area to avoid extra pressure and crowding on the joints. Custom fitted orthotic inserts can help reposition the toe and stabilize the joint.
- Night splints, padding, and spacers—A splint that pulls your toe into position while you sleep is also an option. Padding and spacers between the toes can help prevent blistering and wound formation.
- Mobility exercises—Keeping the joint flexible and preventing stiffness through exercise can also reduce the chance of developing arthritis.
If you are experiencing complications with bunions, Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From hammertoes, 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.