Has your big toe leaned a bit towards your other toes? And is its base pushing outward with time against the first metatarsal bone, just behind it? If the answers are ‘yes’, you are suffering from a bunion. A bunion is a bony hump at the bottom of the big toe, often painful.
Bunions form where your toe normally bends while walking. When you have it, all your body weight is placed on it every time you take a step. It may hurt while walking. And since your shoe is likely to rub against it, a bunion may also result into calluses.
Causes of Bunion
As we grow, our feet spread; hence foot problems often start in early adulthood and get worse as we age. Bunions can be caused because:
- They can run in the family
- Poor or weak foot structure
- One of your legs is longer than the other; so, a bunion may be formed on the big toe of the longer leg.
Women are more prone to bunions than men, because they often wear tight shoes, and particularly high heels, that push the foot bones in an unnatural shape in the long run.
If there is a bony bump at the base of your big toe and your big toe is heading in the opposite direction, you perhaps have a bunion. It can sometimes turn red, swell, feel tender or even hurt. It may also become shiny and you may find it warm upon touching.
Your doctor will find out why you have bunions and the treatment will depend on the cause. He may prescribe or recommend an over-the-counter pain-killer and medication to alleviate pain and swelling.
Heating pads, warm foot bath and even ice packs may give relief from pain and discomfort.
For severe bunions, doctors sometimes recommend a surgery.
If you want to prevent worsening of your bunion, you may use bunion correctors that come in the form of gel sleeves sliding over your big toe or all toes or a sleeve that is to be wrapped around your entire foot while taking your big toe apart.
No matter in what form they are, their purpose is the same – to prevent touching of the big toe to other toes.
Bunion’s symptoms like swelling, aches, pain, sore skin, calluses and corns will be worsened if the big toe rubs against its adjacent toe. Over time, this excessive contact will make the big toe point more and more inward and its attached foot bone point outwards. This makes the symptoms even worse.
Bunion correctors prevent this by keeping the big toe separated.
Thus bunion correctors will help you in preventing your bunion from getting worse. Choose the correct remedy for your bunion by consulting your doctor.