If you’ve ever noticed a bump on the edge of your foot at the base of your big toe, you may have a bunion. This is a bony protuberance that can occur due to joint defects, arthritis, or wearing tight shoes. Many times, bunions are accompanied by pain and sensitivity, and they can make it hard to find footwear that won’t cause irritation.
How can you better understand the causes and risk factors of bunions, and what treatment options are available to alleviate pain?
What Are Bunions?
Bunions are bony bumps that form at the base of the big toe due to physical trauma, disease, or improper footwear. This bump is caused by a displaced joint of the big toe. Irritation can cause swelling, excess inflamed tissue, and even the development of corns or calluses on the bunion itself.
Age, gait, and walking patterns are just a few of the factors that can increase your risk of bunions. Your working environment or active lifestyle can also make the development of bunions more likely, especially if you are required to spend long periods on your feet.
Bunions can become more painful during physical activity or due to irritation of your footwear. In severe circumstances, the pressure of this angular deformity can cause the large toe to overlap the toe beside it. If you notice a bunion developing, you should seek treatment immediately to prevent its progression.
What Are Treatment Options?
Some bunions may require surgery, especially if the bunion is large and causes the toes to cross over each other. This surgery is performed by removing excess inflamed tissue from the base of the big toe joint where the bunion lives.
Bunions, though painful, are more of an annoyance than anything else. Surgery is often successful, but not always – so before you seek surgical intervention, first investigate non-operative methods of treatment.
Custom orthotics and supportive, breathable footwear can help to alleviate pain and irritation from the bunion, in addition to pain creams like Dr. Meredith Warner’s Well Theory foot cream and over-the-counter pain medication.
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Pain Relief With The Healing Sole
At The Healing Sole, we are constantly at work developing new methods of relief for all foot pain sufferers – that’s why we are excited to reveal our newest addition to our line of surgeon designed footwear!
Introducing, the Palmer flip flop.
This new flip flop shares the same features of our original flip flop – minus the elevated toe ramp. This is ideal for wearers with Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes or Bunions who are looking for relief from plantar fasciitis pain, heel pain, and forefoot pain.
The Palmer is a patent-pending design without the elevated toe ramp of our beloved classic flip flop. The exclusion of this elevation creates a more comfortable option for wearers with bunions or hammertoes who are still in need of relief from foot pain.
This new style is breathable, supportive, and has the same features of our original style that you know and love – raised arch support, a compressible inner heel, a non-compressible outer heel, and a firm rocker bottom sole.
The Palmer flip flop is limited supply and available now for preorder with an early March shipment, so order this brand new style today before we sell out – and save 25% off your purchase of this new style with our introductory offer!