What are Bunions?
They are bony swellings that grow on the side of your foot. The only way to get rid of them is surgery but there are ways in which you can lower the pain it causes.
How to diagnose Bunions?
Symptoms may include:
- Hard lumps on the sides of your toe.
- The toes point towards the other fingers.
- Experiencing pain at the side or bottom of the feet while walking.
How does one ease the pain?
Surgery is the ultimate solution to get rid of them, but one can also try out methods to lower the pain.
- Wearing wide shoes with no heels and a soft sole.
- Icing the bunion.
- Putting a protective covering on them called bunion pads to stop them from rubbing against the shoes.
- Keeping your weight in check.
How to Treat Bunions?
The only way to cure Bunion is surgery. One usually needs to follow these points after surgery.
- Not putting pressure on the feet for at least a couple of weeks.
- Avoid driving for a good 6 to 8 weeks.
- Not working out for 6 to 12 weeks.
- Avoiding playing any kind of sports for at least 12 weeks.
- After the surgery, your toes might be stiffer than before. Also, they might not be perfectly straight. Your feet might still feel wide, so you will have to still resort to wearing wide shoes.
A few ways by which you can prevent bunions is by making sure your shoes are the correct size and have enough room for your toes. Also, by not wearing shoes with high heels and pointed toes.
At Saqsham Ortho, our foot and ankle specialist, Dr Anuj Chawla is an expert at treating Bunions. To book an appointment, call us today!