A bunion is a bump on your big toe as a result of the big toe joint moving out of place over time. It could be caused by hereditary factors, such as muscle strengths and weaknesses, but is aggravated by improper foot wear that causes excessive friction and pressure on the bunion.
Bunions are painful and can limit or even prevent you from doing daily activities required by your job – such as standing for long periods of time – or participating in your favorite sport or exercise routine. Foot pain caused by bunions feels different for each person depending on the severity of their bunion, but they all want to know how to fix bunions without causing themselves more foot pain.
It’s important to note that bunions are bone deformities and can’t actually heal themselves, however, you can fix the pain caused by bunions with different treatment options, depending on the severity of the bunion and the degree of pain.
How to fix bunions causing mild foot pain
If you notice your bunion causes some discomfort while doing more intense activity like running or when you’re required to stand for long periods of time, consider changing your activity and your footwear.
Running may be putting too much pressure on your bunion, so consider a different form of exercise such as a spinning bike, arc trainer or yoga. If simply walking or standing causes mild pain changing to different footwear may help. Try a larger shoe size or shoes that are extra wide so they don’t rub against the bunion. The type of shoes you’re wearing make a difference too. High heels or shoes with a small toe box won’t be comfortable at all if you have a bunion.
Other conservative treatments that won’t cause you any additional pain are using protective padding to eliminate the friction caused by shoes, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, and custom orthotics in some cases.
How to fix bunions causing severe foot pain
When your bunion makes it difficult to bear weight on your feet because it’s just too painful, then it’s time to consider minimally invasive bunion surgery using the HyProCure® procedure.
The HyProCure® procedure uses a minimally invasive technique – which means it’s performed by making a very small incision – and places a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle bone and heel bone.
This corrects misalignment in the feet which is caused by the ankle bone slipping off of the heel bone. It has a positive effect on bunions because it decreases the bone growth that leads to the formation of a bunion and relieves additional pressure being put on the outside of the big toe.
HyProCure® treatment won’t cause you any more foot pain than you’re already experiencing from your bunion because it’s using a minimally invasive technique, as opposed to traditional bunion surgery that causes significant trauma to the foot.
It’s an outpatient procedure that will have you leaving the office in a walking boot and back walking in your own shoes within 3 to 5 days. Nearly all patients are able to once again participate in their daily and physical activities, and even do more than they ever could before the bunion treatment.
If you’d like to learn more about how to fix bunions, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.