A hallux valgus, also commonly known as a bunion, is an abnormal bump situated on the side area of the big toe. This develops when the big toe’s joint becomes repositioned and enlarged. When this happens, even the little toe’s joint could likewise be affected. In its earliest stages, a bunion will cause your big toe to angle towards your neighboring toe.
Over time, the bunion will become larger and larger and cause discomfort, swelling, and pain. Although some people might never experience symptoms, in others, the symptoms will become more pronounced as their condition advances. Here at Roche Podiatry Group in Woodbridge and Edison, NJ, our podiatrist, Dr. Daniel Roche, can examine your bunions and help you determine the best way to deal with them.
Common Bunion Symptoms to Look Out For
- A pronounced bump just outside the big toe’s bottom side area
- Pain, soreness, or discomfort
- Restricted mobility of the big toe
- Swelling and redness
- Numbness or a burning sensation
- Thickened skin
- Calluses or corns in areas where your toes overlap
At-Home Remedies for Bunions
The most common at-home remedies used by many people to manage their bunions include the following:
- Cold Therapy: Applying ice wrapped in a washcloth or an ice pack could help ease soreness and swelling.
- Changing Shoes: If you find that your bunions are more painful after wearing your shoes, ditch them. Opt for shoes with a wide to box and avoid shoes with pointed toe areas and high heels.
- Shoe Inserts: These inserts offer padding that can alleviate your pain. Depending on your foot’s structure, you can ask our podiatrist in our Edison, NJ, or Woodbridge, NJ, location for custom insoles that will add extra repositioning and support for your bunions.
- Splinting or Taping: To help control stress and pain in the affected area, your podiatrist can also teach you how to use a splint, tape, or pad on your bunion.
- OTC painkillers can likewise help relieve bunion swelling and pain.
When to Get Help From Your Podiatrist
Visit a podiatrist if your symptoms persist, worsen, or are limiting you from performing your typical daily activities even with consistent home treatments. A bunion could lead to metatarsalgia, bursitis, or hammertoe and are deemed permanent unless fixed through surgery.
Need Help With Your Bunions? Reach Out to Us
Schedule an appointment with your podiatrist here at Roche Podiatry Group, Dr. Daniel Roche. Call our Edison, NJ, office at (908) 753-0500 or our Woodbridge, NJ, office at (732) 636-8500.