Although bunions can be painful and uncomfortable, there are a few things you can do to ease the irritation. Let's take a look at what causes bunions and what you can do to improve the condition for happier, healthier feet.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is a lump that occurs on the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions form when the position of the toe changes – the toe may press into or even overlap the second toe, causing the front of your foot to move out of place.
What Is The Main Cause of Bunions?
The main causes of bunions are poorly fitting shoes. Prolonged pressure on the feet can cause the metatarsal (the bone behind the big toe) to become more prominent as the big toe pushes towards the second toe, making the foot appear wider.
Other causes include:
- Genetics – Bunions may run in the family.
- Excessive Pronation – When the feet turn inward as you walk.
- Inflammatory Conditions – such as Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Neuromuscular Conditions – such as Polio
How to Prevent Bunions
To prevent bunions, wear roomy shoes that accommodate your true foot width, and avoid high heels and pointy shoes.
How to Treat Bunions
There are a number of things you can do to care for your bunions and ease any discomfort. If the joint is red, hot or sore, using an ice pack may help to soothe the area and reduce inflammation. Bunion pads, cushions and sleeves can all be worn to help ease any discomfort.
Bunion Protectors and Pads
A Bunion Guard provides protection from friction and pressure. Its thin profile design cushions the foot and can be worn in most footwear.
A bunion sleeve is a gel pad that absorbs shock to reduce discomfort. A bunion spreader separates the toes to minimise pressure and protect the foot.
Remember, if your shoes are too tight from the extra padding, this will increase the pressure further.
The Simply Feet range of Bunion-friendly Gel-X products are great to provide comfort and protection.