Discover the best methods for relieving your bunion pain.
Bunions are one of the most common foot problems and it’s one that often plagues many Americans, though more common in women. This condition, which causes the joint at the base of the big toe to stick out, can make it painful to put on shoes or even walk around. A bunion deformity is usually progressive, meaning that it gets worse over time. Find out more about bunions and how to manage your symptoms with the help of The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association and our podiatrists serving Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI.
What causes bunions?
There are a few factors that can increase the likelihood of developing a bunion. Genetics, for one, plays a rather large role. If a member of your family deals with bunions, chances are you may too.
If you overpronate or have low arches, this can affect how the weight is distributed throughout the foot as well as affect the stability joint of the big toe. Past foot injuries, as well as certain types of arthritis, can also lead to bunions.
You’ve probably heard people say that wearing high heels can cause bunions. While there is no definitive proof that high heels actually cause bunions, it is important to know that they can certainly make the problem worse. High heels reposition your foot and can put additional pressure on the joint of the big toe, which can make it worse. Opt for shoes that provide your toes enough space to wiggle and move around freely, and avoid heels over 2 inches tall.
How can I prevent bunion pain and other problems?
For some, the key lies in the type of shoes you wear. It’s important that you are providing your feet with the proper and ample support they need throughout the day. No matter whether you are an athlete or on your feet all day for work, it’s important that you protect the health of your feet to prevent pain and deformity from progressing. If you aren’t sure what kinds of shoes are right for you, then talk to our foot doctors to learn more.
Our specialists can also create custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, which can also improve how weight is distributed throughout your feet, particularly when standing, walking or running. This is important, as excessive pressure on the bunion can make it worse. Another option is to splint or brace the foot, which can reposition the big toe and take pressure off the deformed joint, and works well in certain individuals. In severe or persistent cases, surgery may be required to correct the bunion and realign the toe.
If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI areas, contact The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association. Call us today at (608) 381-3530 to find a podiatrist in your area and schedule a consultation.