Too bad my wife has it on her right foot. I did some research online and some experts say that it is because of the very tight shoes with a narrow toe box that she wears or most of women do. But I say it’s hereditary Why? It is because my father-in-law has bunion as well! There are two tiny bones that rest beneath the great toe metatarsalphalangeal joint, these are embedded in the tendons that flex the toe (pull the toe down). The pain is on the bottom of the joint and is aggravated when you put your weight onto them.
She had a successful bunionectomy several years ago and remains bunion free. “It took about three months after surgery until I realized, wow, I’m walking with no pain,” she said. “I wish now that I would’ve done it sooner.” Doctors said they see bunions in patients of all ages, even those as young as 8 to 10 years old. Initial symptoms are often aches in the joint of the big toe when walking or standing. Other symptoms include the classic red bump on the side of the big toe, pain aggravated by pressure from shoes and the big toe turning toward the other toes.
Shoes can play a major role in forming bunions and either aggravating them or alleviating their pain. Always wear shoes that allow plenty of room for your toes. Women should be especially careful if they are on their feet most of the day and wear heels frequently; this is because many women’s shoes that may look good are very poorly designed as far as sound foot support and adequate room for toes. Shoe inserts (prescription and nonprescription), along with taping and padding, also can lessen the discomfort of bunions. Stand straight with one palm against wall. Slowly raise yourself onto toes, then lower heels to floor. Repeat 10-15 times.
Bunions have been defined by physicians as swellings that occur in the soft tissue or the bone of the big toe and have been linked to severe foot pain that can disrupt a person’s routine activities. Many options are available to treat bunions and ease their symptoms. Although surgery to remove the swelling has been recommended by several experts as a lasting solution in the past, this point of view has changed and people have realized that the technique to treat this condition varies from one ailing person to the next.
There are several types of bunion surgery, all designed to relieve the pain and disfigurement you’ve had. Bunion surgery can remove the knobby growth that impedes your movement, repair damaged toe joints with screws, and fix abnormalities in the tissues surrounding your big toe. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says bunion surgery is an outpatient procedure lasting approximately an hour that allows you to go home after a couple hours’ monitored recovery (see Resources). At-home recovery begins immediately upon leaving the hospital. The inflammation may be aggravated by shoes that lack appropriate support, especially in the arch area, and by the chronic irritation that sometimes accompanies an athletic lifestyle.
However, there are several preventive measures that one needs to remember in order to avoid this condition. Firstly, wearing right and comfortable shoes is very important. Flat feet treatment includes wearing shoes that are suited for this feet type. Women should remember not to wear high heels for a longer duration regularly. Secondly, one should reduce the excess weight and try to maintain suitable weight to prevent exerting excess pressure on feet. Lastly, sports person and dancers should be very careful while performing, and try to look for different methods that can protect their feet from injuries and such conditions.