How to Correct Your Bunion Issues

Bunions disproportionately affect women who make poor shoe choices, but realistically, anyone can develop a bunion at any age despite their footwear.

A bunion forms when the big toe turns away from the midline of the body and forms a bump that’s red, painful, and inflamed.

If you have a bunion, sadly, there’s no cure. But, certain strategies can slow its growth and reduce pain. At Hoosier Foot and Ankle, with six locations in and around Indianapolis, Indiana, the experienced podiatric team can help you manage a bunion and correct it with surgery when it starts to interfere with your quality of life.

Here’s what we recommend when it comes to fixing your bunion.

You’re probably going to have to choose different shoes

Yes, stylish heels with pointy toes make your legs look shapely, but they also squeeze the front of your foot and put pressure on the big toe joint. Although heels don’t cause bunions, they accelerate their development if you have a genetic propensity for bunion growth.

If you have a bunion that’s just starting to form or one that’s seriously irritating, choose shoes like sandals, athletic shoes, and varieties made from pliable leather. Heels should be no higher than an inch.

Give your feet plenty of rest

If you’re a nurse, work in retail, or are a server, you likely stand a lot and thus put pressure on your feet – particularly your big toe. Choose super-supportive shoes for your work days, and rest your feet whenever you have an opportunity. We’re happy to provide shoe suggestions, too.

Make your weight a priority

People who are overweight or obese put extra pressure on their feet. Make an effort to achieve a healthier size to reduce pressure on your bunion.

Show your bunion some loving care

A painful, inflamed bunion deserves some care at home. Soak your foot in warm water, or apply an ice pack to ease immediate discomfort. Over-the-counter pain medications can also help you feel better.

Give your bunion some protection

We can help you with a customized orthotic that puts your foot in a more ideal position and thus eases pressure and pain caused by your bunion.

You may also place moleskin or a gel-filled pad obtained from a drugstore on the bunion. This can alleviate pressure and pain caused by your shoe rubbing against the protrusion. But, don’t use the cover as an excuse to keep wearing high heels and pointy-toed shoes that will cause your bunion to worsen.

When nothing else seems to work

At Hoosier Foot and Ankle, we provide cortisone injections to temporarily reduce the inflammation and pain associated with your bunion. This is a short-term fix, however, when your bunion is unbearable. Steroid injections are not a substitute for smart at-home habits.

If your bunion has progressed far enough and caused severe pain and pressure that you’re having to modify activities, surgery may be your only recourse. We offer the latest surgical strategies that help you achieve healthier and more functional feet with minimal disruption when it comes to your quality of life.

If you notice a bunion developing, pay attention. Early intervention helps delay or eliminate the need for surgery. Call Hoosier Foot and Ankle for guidance when it comes to caring for your bunion, or use the online tool to schedule at one of our convenient Indiana locations.

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