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The Running Doc of the Daily News has listed several methods available to treat and prevent bunions. He characterizes bunions as a large bump that forms along the inner portion of the great toe’s first joint. The bone bumps begin to push against the other toes in a deformed way. Redness and soreness of the bump may occur as well as the thickening of skin near the base of the toe.
It is possible to slow the progression of the bunion by wearing shoes with a lot of toe room, using orthotics while running, and avoiding high heels on a regular basis. Silicone or foam toe separators can help keep the toes in their normal position as well as anti-inflammatories or corrective devices. If all other methods do not work, bunion surgery may be considered as a last resort.
Bunions can cause a lot of trouble and tons of pain if they become too severe. For medical assistance, see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of New England Foot & Ankle Specialists. Dr. Tedesco will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.
Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.
Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.
A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.
Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.
Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, this usually indicates a bunion.
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