Bunions-Relieve the Pain

When your big toe is angled towards the second toe, the deformity is called a bunion (hallux valgus). This causes a bump on the side at the base of the big toe. In addition there is often thickening of the skin and tissues next to the affected joint. The thickened skin and tissues may become inflamed, swollen and painful.

Where Do Bunions Come From?

Experts believe that it is poor-fitting, closed-toe footwear that worsens bunion pain.  There is a misconception that it is tied to cold weather.  A bunion is called “hallux abducto valgus” in the medical community and refers to a progressive condition where the big toe grows diagonally, causing a bump on the inner foot. It is most often hereditary, but can also be caused, or worsened, by inappropriate footwear and faulty walking patterns.

Relief For Your Bunion Pain

Once your bunion cause and diagnosis are determined, it’s important to correct it before the need for surgery. There are many things you can do – stretching your calf muscles daily can help if a tight calf muscle is contributing to your problem. Icing your inflamed “bump” after activity reduces inflammation. Wearing proper footwear, with stretch and extra toebox width can accommodate even the largest bunion. Assured Health Group suggests that Bunion sufferers should diligently be wearing true, custom-made orthotics in each pair of shoes. This will help to correct the way you walk and slow the progression of bunion growth.