If your bunion problems are making it painful just to walk, then it’s time you sought treatment from your Denver podiatrists.
A bunion is a common foot deformity that affects the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint at the base of the big toe. This problem causes the bone to stick out, resulting in pain when walking or working out. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent bunion pain and our Denver podiatrists, Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber, can help.
Here are some of the best methods for reducing bunion problems:
Wear the Right Shoes
One of the best ways to take pressure off the affected joint is to wear the right shoes for your feet. This means finding shoes with a wide sole that won’t put pressure on the joint or squish up the toes. If your toes can freely move around in the shoes, this is a good sign. High heels and shoes that have a pointed toe should be invited, for they often just make symptoms worse. However, if you don’t want to completely part with your heels, make sure that you keep them below 2 inches tall.
Lose Excess Weight
If you are overweight or obese, this can also put added pressure on your feet when walking or moving around. By dropping even a few pounds, this can greatly improve how your feet function as a whole and will take some pressure off the joint.
Splinting or Bracing
While a splint won’t fix the deformity, it can realign the joint so that everything is in alignment when walking. Splinting the foot is particularly good at night for those who suffer from soreness and achiness in the mornings. Talk with your podiatrist about the right way to splint your bunion.
Warm soaks, icing the bunion, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers can also help alleviate symptoms when they arise. Others may find relief through massage therapy and ultrasound treatment. If the pain and inflammation are severe enough, then steroid injections from our Denver office may provide better relief than over-the-counter medication.
Are you dealing with bunion problems in Denver? If so, the experts here at Diabetic Foot & Wound Center are here to provide you with the relief you need. Call us today at 303-321-4477 to set up your next appointment—your feet will thank us!