21. January 2015 09:48
Bunion is a foot condition that causes the feet to turn inwards towards the toe joint. While in some cases, a bunion is a genetic condition passed down from your family in others it could be an occupation hazard or choice of footwear. There are certain preventive measures that should be followed to avoid Bunions.
- Low Heels: You should wear low heels that give your feet a better support. You must avoid wearing narrow, pointed, high-heeled and tight shoes.
- Comfortable shoes: Walk in comfortable shoes or sneakers, particularly when you are travelling or have to walk for a long time. You can still wear heels but only when you do not have to walk or stand for a long time. If your work requires you to be on your toes you should definitely consider wearing comfortable shoes. This will help release tension from your feet and protect from developing Bunions.
- Choose shoes with wide area: You should choose shoes that have a wider area around the toe. Overlapping toes increase the chances of being affected by the condition.
- Feet exercises: You should be regular in doing feet exercises in order to strengthen the muscles around your leg, knee and feet.
- Take sitting breaks: For those who have to stand for long hours, try giving your feet some rest by sitting for some time in order to keep your feet away from Bunions.
- Avoid exerting pressure: If you see signs of a Bunion, you should try your best to not to aggravate this condition. You should avoid physical activities such as exercising, jogging and running, as that would exert pressure on your foot, particularly on the big toe. You must also seek immediate medical attention at the first sign of a Bunion.
- Bunion pads: In the event you experience a mild or a severe pain in your foot or around your toes, try wearing Bunion pads that will reduce the pain.
- Orthotics: Placing orthotics inside your shoes can also help your bones realign.
- Ice pack: Apply ice pack on the affected area to reduce pain and swelling. It is important tat you avoid direct contact of ice with your skin and instead wrap it in a piece of cloth or towel.
To know more about Bunions and its prevention tips, contact Dr. Heier, a leading foot and ankle doctor in Carrollton, TX. To scedule an appointment, call at (972) 492 - 1334.