Treatment Options for Bunion Pain
Have you noticed a bulging bump on the outside of your big toe or even pinky toe? Do you experience swelling, soreness or even redness around the joint of your big toe? You may be suffering from a common condition known as a bunion. In fact, it is estimated that over 23% of patients over the age of 18 suffer from bunions. At Bunion Bootie, we understand the impact bunions and bunionettes can have on a patient’s day to day life and have created various products in an effort to reduce the symptoms experienced. Today, we’re discussing bunions, bunionettes, treatment for bunion pain, and much more! We hope that you learn something new in your journey to finding relief from bunions.
Bunions (medically known as hallux valgus) are a bony deformity of the joint at the base of the patient's big toe. Typically the patient’s big toe points towards the other toes on their foot, forcing the foot bone attached to it to be pushed outwards. As the big toe pushes against the next toe, the bunion is formed.
Smaller bunions (commonly known as bunionettes or tailor's bunion) can also develop on the joint of the patient’s little toe. Bunionettes are thought to be caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot.
Symptoms of Bunions
When it comes to bunions or bunionettes, here are the common symptoms:
- A bulging bump on the outside of the big or pinky toe.
- Soreness, redness or swelling around the big toe / pinky toe joint.
- Calluses on the feet.
- Pain in/near the big toe or pinky toe.
- Restricted movement if arthritis affects the joint/toe.
Causes of Bunions
People are usually predisposed to bunions. However, there are a few reasons your bunion could have progressed at a certain time in your life, seemingly out of nowhere. From medical factors to lifestyle choices, here are the most common causes of bunions making their debut:
- High heels can force the toes into the front of the shoe, causing overcrowding and unnecessary pressure on the toes. We recommend selecting wider shoes that allow for ample space.
- Ill-fitting shoes can also be a major cause of bunions, shoes that are too narrow, pointed, tight or even small can place pressure on the toes/joints.
- Arthritis can lead to inflammation in the joints/toes, making certain patients more susceptible to bunion formation.
Treatment for Bunion Pain
Bunion surgery is only recommended for patients that experience frequent pain due to bunions/bunionettes, or experience problems that interfere with daily activities. At Bunion Bootie, we recommend trying non-surgical, natural bunion treatments prior to considering surgery. Speaking to a medical professional about any of your bunion treatment questions is always the best first step to proper diagnosis and treatment.
Non-Surgical Bunion Treatment
Bunion Bootie is proud to offer a range of natural bunion treatment options, including our Bunion Bootie, BunioneETTE Bootie, Bunion Balm's for pain and rejuvenation, and even an Essential Oil for Bunions.