Victoria Beckham, also known as Posh Spice, has made the news several times this year. Not because of her husband’s amazing talents or her singing career, but rather because of her feet. This Spice Girl has a very serious dilemma. Should she correct her bunions or should she continue to wear sexy shoes and deal with the pain? A bunion deformity is when your big toe tilts toward your small toes. Over time, the big toe creeps further and further along and causes a bump to protrude out on the side of your foot. This bump is actually the bones that make up the joint at your big toe.
It is important to keep the dressing clean and dry. You should cover the dressing with a plastic bag or plastic wrap and tape it with plastic tape when showering. An alternative is to take a sponge bath. The stitches will be removed during a follow-up visit, generally scheduled about two weeks after surgery. Take a pain reliever for soreness as recommended by your doctor. Aspirin or certain other pain medications may increase the chance of bleeding. Be sure to take only recommended medications. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to help prevent infection following your surgery.
Wearing tight shoes does not always cause bunions, but it certainly contributes to foot pain. Bunions are much more common in women. Our society encourages women to wear tight pointed toe dress shoes, heels, and pumps (cowboy boots receive honorable mention). However, I have seen patients as young as 10 years old with bunions. I refuse to believe that a 10 year old has been wearing the wrong shoes. Bunions are not inherited, but do tend to run in families. What is usually inherited is a poor or faulty foot type. Bunions may be associated with flat feet, pronated feet, neuromuscular problems, or even rheumatoid arthritis leading to foot pain.
Self help remedies work for some people, but others need extra help from a foot doctor. If you are one of them, you may require more aggressive treatment, such as steroid injections that reduce the swelling and pain in the affected area. Some podiatrists may even suggest that you consider foot surgery to reshape your metatarsal bones. Contact a foot doctor today so that the pain and discomfort you are experiencing can come to an end. Athritis can be the cause like an old injury coming back to haunt you, arthritis in any joint is caused by the thinning of the low friction cartilage surface which covers the bones.
It’s cousin, the main bunion, is on the opposite side of your foot under the big toe. This is the same thing, but on the outside of the foot. Every time I hear the term bunionette I think of the group, Ronnie and the Ronettes, instead maybe we can form a new band called Paul Bunyon and the Bunionettes. Sorry about that, I just couldn’t help myself. Besides padding, injections or changing your shoes, you might need a custom orthotic, which is an insert that is made especially for you to keep the foot aligned and prevent the bunionette from worsening.
Try to only wear shoes that have heels less than 2 inches. High heels place extra pressure on the bunion area and increase pain and inflammation. If you have to wear high heels, try to use other shoes for commuting and then wear the dress shoes for a short period. If you have to wear high heels, the use of an arch support may assist in reducing pressure and pain. Prevention/Solution If your big toe looks distorted and protrudes from the side of your foot, you may have a Bunion A Bunion is a bony protrusion of the big toe joint that can cause friction and pain when wearing shoes.
What is a Tailor’s Bunion ? A tailor’s bunion is a bunion that occurs on the little toe where the metatarsal bone meets the little toe. Tailor’s bunion is a deformity caused when the head of the metatarsal is pushed outwards. The result is often a painful and swollen protrusion from the outside of the foot. It is also referred to as a bunionette. Since medical conditions such as arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis could make one more susceptible to this foot condition, doctors generally assess the condition of joints by conducting X-ray examination. Here’s some information on different types of treatment options that might prove beneficial for treating this condition.
Most people give very little consideration to the care of their feet over the years. As they become older even the smallest of bumps can develop into serious health and mobility issues. Where possible, ask your parents if they or your grandparents have bunions or other foot problems. Now check your health care plan to see if it will cover the cost of seeing a podiatrist. Tell them of your family history and have them teach you how to take care of your feet now, to reduce the likelihood of more frequent visits later.