Bunions can cause lots of discomfort and leave your feet feeling sore and swollen. The medical term used to describe a bunion is Hallux Valgus. Symptoms may include pain and swelling around the big toe joint or a swollen protrusion on the outside of the foot. Symptoms can often get worse if left untreated so the best thing to do first and foremost is to talk to your doctor and discuss the best treatment.
Prevention is often the best approach. One of the best ways to avoid developing bunions is to make sure you are wearing appropriate footwear. High heels may look great but can create pressure on your toes and force them together. It is important to wear shoes that are the correct size, fit properly and are not too tight. You should be able to move your toes freely so it is usually best to avoid shoes with pointed toes. It might be helpful get fitted for your shoes by a footwear specialist or the salesperson at your local shoe shop as they can measure your feet and suggest shoes that will fit you properly.
If you are suffering from bunion discomfort there are a few things you can do at home. Firstly try and avoid restricting your feet by wearing shoes or slippers around the house. Instead walk around in bare feet, allowing your feet and toes to strengthen naturally.
Your doctor may also recommend that you use a support or splint to help cushion and align your big toe. The 510 Neo G Bunion Soft Support or the 511 Bunion Night Splint can both help. The 550 Silicone Bunion Shield can also be used to protect and cushion the tender area.
Bunions can become problematic if ignored so always seek medical advice if you are worried about your feet. Your doctor might suggest you visit a podiatrist (foot specialist) or physical therapist to get their professional advice.