Summer is just around the corner and that means sandal season is getting closer. For many people, the bumps on the inside of their big toes known as bunions can keep them from fully enjoying warm weather fashions. These unsightly and often painful lumps are caused by years of abnormal pressure against the big toe joint, which gradually causes the bones and tissue in the area to move out of place. While bunions are permanent unless they are removed by surgery, the podiatrists at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute in Montvale and Hackensack, NJ have a few suggestions to ease the discomfort associated with them in the meantime.
What not to wear
Most podiatrists agree that wearing narrow and confining footwear like high heels exacerbate bunions. To avoid needing bunion surgery, your Hackensack and Montvale podiatrist recommends having a professional shoe fitting to find comfortable and functional footwear. There are many brands available that are work-appropriate, attractive and provide the right amount of space for the widest part of your foot, the exact spot where bunions can form.
If you already have bunions but aren't ready for surgery, your Hackensack and Montvale podiatrist may suggest gel-filled pads that you wear inside your shoes can help ease the pain that comes from friction. Shoe inserts, both prescription and over-the-counter, can also help to take the pressure off the inside of your feet.
If your bunion has caused you pain for a significant amount of time, or if it's led to other foot problems, your Hackensack and Montvale podiatrist may recommend surgery. The goal is to relief pain and eliminate the bump caused by the outgrowth of bone and to realign the toe.
If you have a bunion or are concerned about their development, we want to hear from you. Contact Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute in Montvale and Hackensack, NJ for a full evaluation from one of our skilled podiatrists today!