A bunion forms as a bony bump on your big toe, caused by a faulty foot structure. The faulty foot structure is inherited and creates a structural misalignment of your big toe. In many cases people live with a bunion for years without any problems. A bunion can get worse by continued bone growth, and poorly fitting shoes that aggravate the bunion. This can become very painful and cause you to start looking into ways to ease your foot pain.
Changing to shoes that fit your feet better is one solution. You may also come across something called a bunion shield. Learn more in the excerpt below!
Posted by: Foot & Ankle Alliance
Does a Bunion Shield Work?
Bunion shields were created to lessen the pain of bunions. Bunion shields help cushion the irritated area and help keep it from brushing against the inside of shoes.
There are various kinds of bunion shields available in stores. The gel type bunion shields usually offers the most relief. Silicon-based bunion shields are usually the most durable and can withstand multiple uses.
Whatever kind of bunion shield you use, it is placed over the bunion at the base of your big toe. You want to make sure that you are wearing comfortable shoes that do not add more pain and pressure to your bunion. A bunion shield will not work in cramped shoes.
You should clean your bunion shield with soap and water thoroughly. However, remember to let it dry before reusing it. A bunion shield can help lessen the pain.
However, if the pain and swelling continues because of the bunion, then you need to seek medical care from an experienced foot doctor.
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While changing your footwear and trying different products like a bunion shield may help relieve some of your pain, it won’t get rid of your bunion completely. When it becomes difficult to bear weight and your foot pain starts to affect your daily activities, it’s time to consider a more permanent type of bunion treatment.
Adler Footcare offers solutions that can help. One of our New York podiatrists will start by evaluating whether or not you’re a candidate for HyProCure®, a procedure that places a titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle bone and heel bone to realign your feet.
This is the treatment that we recommend, and a recent study indicated there is a 40 to 50% reduction in both the size and pain level of bunions for patients after receiving the HyProCure® procedure.
If you’re aren’t a candidate for HyProCure®, the other options such as custom orthotics or minimally invasive bunion surgery are considered.
To find out what your options are, contact a New York podiatrist below for a free foot assessment. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.