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4 Treatments For Bunions

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Bunions may look like a strange bone growth jutting out of the side of your foot, but they actually occur when the joint in the big toe becomes completely or partially dislocated, and gradually begins to push a foot bone called a metatarsal out of place. If you have developed a bunion, there are different treatment options available to you. 

Padding, Toe Spacers, and Splints

Padding on the side of the shoe near the bunion, spacers worn between the toes, and splints are typically the first treatments attempted by patients with bunions.

The padding is usually made of moleskin, felt, or gel. If it fits snugly in the shoe, it should provide relief from the pain caused by the bunion rubbing inside of the shoe; and at the same time, it may help prevent the bunion from growing. Toe spacers and splints attempt to create a more comfortable foot position by forcing the feet into a more normal shape.

Foot Exercises

Strengthening the foot muscles can also help the problem from growing worse, and it can help the patient avoid the muscle spasms that bunions sometimes cause. These exercises help keep the patient's pain levels down. Foot exercises may involve pointing and flexing, or picking up small objects with your toes--like marbles.

Pain Medication

For moments of acute pain, most patients will need either a topical or oral pain medication. Patients may take NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) as an oral medication, because these drugs reduce swelling.

For topical pain relief, your doctor may prescribe corticosteroid cream, which also brings the swelling down, or cream made with capsaicin or methyl salicylate that has a warming sensation.

Bunion Surgery

Bunion surgery is the most extreme form of bunion treatment, but it's the only one that can completely remove the bunion. Other treatments simply reduce pain. However, that doesn't mean that it's the right choice for every patient. Bunion surgery shouldn't be performed if the problem is only cosmetic, or if other treatments do the trick as far as providing relief.

When you have bunion surgery, you can expect to spend several weeks keeping the weight off of your foot. Your doctor may instruct you to use crutches or another device to help you get around. Knee scooters are often a good choice for bunion surgery patients. You can find more infromation about them at www.kneewalkershop.com. These are three- or four-wheeled devices with a padded seat for you to rest your healing leg on, while you use your good leg to propel the scooter. You can lead a fairly normal life in the weeks after bunion surgery with the help of a knee scooter.

The important thing is to find the bunion treatment that works best for you. If you have a bunion that's causing you pain, you should see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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