It is becoming extremely common for humans to form bunions in their lifespan. Bunions are typically a very uncomfortable bump, forming over the bottom (or base) of the large toe on a human foot. Doctors are seeing a rise in the number of adults coming forward with foot pain, leading to the diagnosis of a bunion. While humans have experienced bunion pain for quite some time, with the advancement of medical knowledge and technology there are a continual increase of strategies to reduce bunion pain or remove the bunion all together.
What causes bunions?
While we, as humans, don’t realize the amount of work our bodies actually do for us to function on a daily basis, our feet literally carry our entire body weight each and every day. Most adults typically form problems with their feet early on in adulthood. Bunions are typically more common with women, simply because of the fit and wear of many women’s shoes (high heels definitely contribute to potential bunion problems). However, men are definitely still susceptible to forming bunions. In general, the shoes created for the human foot pushes the toes together in an unnatural way, causing the bones in the foot to alter in shape. This can often result in forming a bunion. Along with all of these factors, bunions can also simply be programed into your genes. Yes, bunions have been found to be a characteristic passed down to you in your genetics.
What does a bunion feel like?
For most people, bunions are not typically classified as comfortable. In fact, most people with bunions would tell you they can be extremely painful. Bunions will often swell and hurt when touched. The color of a bunion is commonly red, but this is not always the case. You may find certain circumstances will cause your bunion to hurt more than others.
Are there treatment options for bunions?
When meeting with a doctor to talk about options for your bunion pain treatment, they will typically initially advise a different environment for your feet; wearing shoes that will work around your bunion. This generally means finding shoes that are a wider fit, or even sandals (exposing the feet) while still providing the arch of your foot with support. Along with changes to your daily shoe choices, an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication may also be a suggestion to help you manage your bunion pain. You can also find some padding specifically designed to place over bunions while wearing shoes in an attempt to lower your bunion pain level.
If your bunion pain continues to persist, go back to your doctor to talk about additional options such as a bunionectomy to get bunion relief. This procedure is done to correct the bunion that has formed on your foot. While this surgery is usually successful, make sure you talk to your doctor about what the right bunion treatment option for you.
If you struggle with bunion pain, do your research and find options that are going to work best for you, your lifestyle and your bunion.
Please see pictures below of a recent patient's successful bunion procedure: