10 Sep Bunion Treatment and Prevention from the Running Doc
The Daily News’s Running Doc has offered different options one can take to prevent and treat bunion formations. Bunions are large bone bumps that form along the inside of the Great toe’s first joint. The great toe laterally angles in a deformed way toward the other toes. The bump may become red and sore and may swell. The skin present around the base may thicken. Slowing down bunion progression can be done by wearing flexible full-length orthotics while running, wearing looser fitting shoes around the toes and avoiding high heels on a regular basis. One can also implement thin foam or silicone toe separators. If these methods do not work, push the toe into a better position using anti-inflammatories and corrective devices. If still unsuccessful, bunion surgery is an option.
Bunions should be treated right away to avoid prolonged pain. For a consultation regarding bunion treatment and prevention, speak to podiatrist Dr. Donald C. Stran, D.P.M. of Texas. Dr. Stran will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.
Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.
Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.
A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.
Blood Tests – testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.
Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, this usually indicates a bunion.
If you have any questions, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.