A bunion is caused by the metatarsal bone pushing out to the side of the foot creating a lump that can hurt and cause the big toe to lean into, under, or on top of the second toe.
Signs of a bunion
- A bump on the side of your big toe or redness and/or swelling.
- A decrease in mobility of the big toe.
- Pain when walking or while doing other activities.
- Regular shoes are uncomfortable or ill-fitting.
Bunions don't go away on their own but you can do things to make it manageable.
- Don't wear shoes that are tight, pointed, or high heels. Wear shoes that have a wide fit in the toes.
- Over-the-counter padding or cushions for your foot can help.
- Over-the-counter inserts can be helpful by distributing the pressure evenly when you walk.
- Ice can help if you have been on your feet all day as well as an anti-inflammatory medicine.
It is time to see a doctor when you have a visible bump, ongoing pain, or decreased movement. It may be time for a different approach such as surgery. At Williamsburg Podiatry we are always here to help everyone get back to their active lifestyle.