Bunions can cause debilitating pain and decrease your ability to do the things you love. They form for a variety of reasons from poor shoe gear, flat feet or genetics to name a few. The pain is caused by a bony prominence which becomes inflamed, usually related to pressure in shoes. You could also be developing arthritis as the joint is not functioning properly. So what can you do to decrease your pain and get back to daily activities?
- First and foremost is proper shoe gear. With prominent bunions your feet require extra space which is not provided in most everyday shoes. Extra wide shoes with a stable base accomplish this best and are generally found in high quality running type shoes. Find a shoe store where the staff measure your feet and can help you choose the best shoe for your foot type.
- Decreasing your activity or altering your activities to decrease the pressure through your feet may also help. Examples include switching from running to biking, choosing shorter hikes with less elevation gain, or decreasing your activity altogether for a few weeks. After the pain has decreased, you may be able to resume your regular activities and see if there is improvement.
- Orthotics can been helpful to evenly distribute pressure, better align the foot and decrease pain.
- Anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen may be helpful acutely but are not generally recommended for long term use.
- Use a pad of felt or foam over the painful areas. These can be found at your local drug store or online.
Bunion pain can come and go for years. If these conservative treatments fail and the pain is interfering with your life, you may be a good candidate for bunion surgery. There are many different types of bunion procedures. Dr. Goebel and Dr. Packard can evaluate your foot type and bunion characteristics to choose the right surgery for you.
We are here to help you get back on your feet. If you have any questions or concerns please call and set up and appointment to discuss how we can help.