By Berkshire Podiatry Center
April 26, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion  

Are you struggling with painful bunions? Your Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA, podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center offer treatments that can help you manage your symptoms.

Bunion symptoms

The bony bump at the base of your big toe is caused by a misalignment in the bones of your foot. The bunion appears when your big toe tilts toward your other toes. Bunions can make it difficult to find shoes that fit without causing pain, but footwear issues aren't the only problem. Redness, swelling, burning, numbness, and stiffness can occur over and around your bunion.

An inherited foot imbalance may be to blame for your foot condition. When the foot is imbalanced, it's much easier for the bones to become misaligned. Wearing tight shoes or high heels or standing for long hours can worsen the condition.

How to ease your bunion pain

Applying ice or taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen or naproxen sodium, can relieve bunion pain and inflammation. Limit ice pack use to 15 to 20 minutes at a time to prevent frostbite.

Placing adhesive pads on your bunions will reduce pain and pressure, particularly when you wear shoes. Changing the type of shoes you wear is a simple solution that can ease pain and slow the progression of your bunions.

Look for shoes that cushion your foot and offer plenty of room in the toe area. If your big toe overlaps your other toes, make sure the toe box is high enough to prevent rubbing and friction. Stay away from heel heels, tight shoes, and any type of footwear that increases pressure on the front of your foot.

If these measures aren't helpful, it's a good idea to visit your Wyomissing and Morgantown foot doctors. Your podiatrist may recommend orthotics, prescription shoe inserts that cushion and support the foot and help improve its alignment. In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be used to reduce pain and swelling.

Surgery is the only way to remove a bunion and may be recommended if you have severe pain or your bunion interferes with your daily activities. Bunion surgery not only removes the bump but also realigns the bones in your foot, eliminating pain.

Don't let bunion pain keep you off your feet! Schedule an appointment with your podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing and Morgantown. Call (610) 373-4154 to reach the Wyomissing office or (610) 286-6340 for the Morgantown office.