Wearing shoes that are too tight is the leading cause of bunions. Bunions are not hereditary, but they do tend to run in families, usually because of a faulty foot structure. Foot injuries, neuromuscular problems, flat feet , and pronated feet can contribute to their formation. It is estimated that bunions occur in 33 percent of the population in Western countries. Depending on the size of the enlargement, misalignment of the toe, and pain experienced, conservative treatments may not be adequate to prevent progressive damage from bunions. In these cases, bunion surgery, known as a bunionectomy , may be advised to remove the bunion and realign the toe. The initial goal of treatment options is to relieve pressure on the bunion and any symptoms that may be present and to halt or slow the progression of the joint deformity. There is no effective may be "get rid off" a bunion without surgery There are a number of things that individuals (see below) and Podiatrists can do to help the symptoms and slow (if not halt) progression. which means I'm applying marigold tincture and oil to my bunions and the rest of my feet once or twice a day. That way, I'm hoping to maintain the improvement my feet have achieved thanks to the treatment. Surgery should be reserved as a last option for the feet. Opperating on your feet is like taking parts off a car. It'll never function the way it's designed to. It can even stop you dead in your tracks. I've seen alot of foot damage CAUSED from foot and ankle surgeries. As always, it is important to have your individual feet evaluated for solutions specific to your body type. What works for one person may not work for another. There are very few solutions for bunion deformities, though. If left untreated, they can get pretty big and ugly and interfer significantly with your gait. Compensation problems can result. A bunion forms as an ugly bump on the side of the foot. It protrudes outward from where the ball of the foot meets the big toe. Bunions cause excruciating pain. If not taken care of, bunions can hinder normal walking. Both your heredity and wearing narrow shoes can cause painful bunions. These painful knots that develop at the joint swell and in extreme cases can cause the big toe to overlap the next toe. Surgical removal is often necessary and wearing high heels or any narrow shoes would be too uncomfortable. Both self massage and deep tissue massage is an alternative treatment to avoid surgery or pain. First of all orthotics do a lot more than just supporting the arches. They realign the feet and ankles, restoring faulty foot function. Additionally, orthotics provide even weight distribution and take the pressure of sore spots from heels, ball of the foot, corns and between toes, and bunions. Though it is not their main purpose, the orthotics do provide some degree of shock absorption as well. This is a story about a guy who made a mistake. This is also a story about that same guy who never got over that mistake and spent the next two years regretting what he did. read more
Julie Blecker is a professional foot expert with over five years experience.