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Visit Foot Solutions for Help with Your Bunions
Bunions are a very common condition, mainly affecting the female population due to improper footwear. This page contains important information about bunions and how to treat and prevent bunions with help from Foot Solutions.
If your big toe looks distorted and protrudes from the side of your foot, you may have a Bunion. A Bunion is a bony protrusion of the big toe joint that can cause friction and pain when wearing shoes.
With the continued movement of the big toe towards the smaller toes, a bunion can result in the big toe resting under or over the second toe. This placement causes a common forefoot condition called overlapping toes.
Other symptoms of bunions include:
Another type of bunion some individuals experience is called a Tailor's Bunion, also known as a Bunionette. The Bunionette forms on the outside of the foot towards the joint at the little toe. It is a smaller bump that forms due to the little toe moving inwards towards the big toe.
Bunions are a common problem experienced mostly by women. The deformity can develop from an abnormality in foot function, or arthritis, but is more commonly caused by wearing improper fitting footwear. Tight, narrow dress shoes with a constrictive toe box (toe area) can cause the foot to begin to take the shape of the shoe, leading to the formation of a bunion.
It is important for men and women to realize that wearing dress shoes and boots, which are tapered in the toe area, can cause the bunion to worsen to the point where surgery is necessary.
The best way to alleviate the pain associated with bunions is to wear properly fitting shoes. Shoes designed with a high, wide toe box (toe area) are recommended for people suffering from forefoot disorders, such as bunions. Shoes with rocker soles will unload pressure to the bunion area. Inserts are also recommended for this condition to provide extra comfort, support, and protection.
Foot Solutions sells only the most comfortable shoes designed to help you walk properly and in more comfort, so check out our selection of comfort shoes for men and women.
In the early stages of the formation of a bunion, soaking feet in warm water can provide temporary relief. Other conservative treatments include:
These conservative treatments can limit the progression of the bunion formation, relieve pain and provide a healthy environment for the foot.