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Bunion Pain

A frequent cause of foot pain when walking or wearing shoes

Bunions are one of the most common forefoot deformities. The condition is primarily caused by inward shifting of the big toe, which begins crowding the smaller toes. This realignment of the toes causes a bony bump, or bunion, to develop on the side of foot at the joint of the big toe. Bunion pain occurs from friction against the bony bump and crowding of the toes. As a result the skin and deeper tissue around the bunion also may become swollen or inflamed.

Bunions result from years of uneven motion and pressure on the joints and ligaments of the feet. Bunion pain varies with the severity of symptoms and level of activity. The pain of friction against the side of the foot and increased pressure on the toes can eventually limit mobility, turning moderate activity, such as walking, into an unpleasant ordeal.

Reduce Bunion Pain

To reduce bunion pain, podiatrists offer a variety of treatments to relieve pressure and prevent further deformity of the joints. For mild bunion pain, padding or taping can provide considerable relief by minimizing friction against the joint. This helps to keep the foot in normal alignment.

For more severe bunion symptoms, a podiatrist may recommend exercises and orthotics. Exercises or physical therapy can relieve tension and counteract pressure on the joints. Orthotic devices, such as a bunion splint or custom insoles, provide support and aid in repositioning the toes. Lastly, over the counter anti-inflammation medications, such as Aspirin or ibuprofen, can also help to ease inflammation often associated with bunion pain.

When bunion pain persists in spite of exercises or orthotic remedies a surgical operation is considered for removal of the bunion. Surgical procedures can correct deformity and relieve bunion pain leading to improved function.

Learn more about treatment for bunion pain in the Inland Empire, CA.

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