If your bunion is causing you serious foot pain, it’s time we had a talk.
Bunions are one of the most common foot deformities that many people face as they get older. You may have your genes to thank for this condition or you may have been sporting tight, high-heeled shoes for far too long. Either way, you are faced with a painful bunion and you want some answers. Our Woodbridge and Edison, NJ, podiatrist, Dr. Daniel Roche, offers up some simple tips for how to soothe your angry bunion.
Icing the Joint
When your bunion is crying out for attention, soothe it with a little bit of ice. Wrap an ice pack or frozen water bottle with a towel and then apply it to the joint anywhere from 10 minutes to a maximum of 20 minutes. Make sure to keep the foot elevated above your heart while icing, which will also reduce swelling and inflammation.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
If you are overweight or obese, you may find that your feet are achier than they should be. The additional weight can really put a lot more pressure on the bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles of the feet, making them work much harder than they should. This can also exacerbate your bunion problems. Following a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen will go a long way to helping you shed the excess weight and improve your foot health.
Pain Relievers to the Rescue
There are some situations in which your bunion might be so uncomfortable that you don’t see how you could ever put your shoes on. When this happens, it’s not a bad idea to take an ibuprofen or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory for some temporary relief. If you have more serious pain that these medications just can’t touch, our Woodbridge and Edison foot doctor will be able to prescribe a stronger painkiller.
Wear the Proper Shoes
This should go without saying but if you want to prevent your bunion from getting worse, then you should start wearing the proper footwear. Look for shoes that provide ideal cushioning, shock absorption and stability while also giving your feet enough wiggle room. Shoes should never press on the bunion or bunch up your toes. Toss out old, worn shoes that don’t provide enough support and see a specialty shoe store for help finding the right footwear to cater to you and your bunion.
Roche Podiatry Group has two convenient locations in Woodbridge and Edison, NJ, to tackle your bunion pain no matter where you live. There’s no excuse to not get the care your feet need. Call us today to schedule your consultation and find out how to nix your bunion pain.