Ghosts and goblins might be spooky during the Halloween season, but bunions are scary any time of the year! Make sure your bunion pain is kept under control so you can keep doing all the things that make you happy—like setting up a spooky Halloween party or trick-or-treating with your little ones.
Bunions are toe deformities that occur when the joint at the bottom of the big toe begins to jut outward. These pesky bumps can form because of genetics, but are usually exacerbated by the footwear you choose. Tight fitting shoes, especially ones that are pointy in the toes, are the absolute worst shoes to wear when dealing with this deformity. The main thing you want to focus on is comfort, since the condition won’t go away without being surgically corrected. If the deformity is causing you pain or discomfort, there are some at-home remedies you can try to ease it.
The first thing you will want to do is take a look at your shoes. If you are the type of person that likes to wear high heels or pointy cowboy boots you might want to consider switching to shoes that offer a bit more room in the toe area. This on its own can take away a lot of your pain. However, if this still isn’t cutting it, you might want to consider taping the foot or adding a bit of protective padding to the bump.
You can also ice the area to help the discomfort subside. There are certain stretches that you can do for your arches and calves that can help take away some of the strain that is being put on your feet and toes. If you are a runner or participate in activities that require a lot of time spent on your feet you might want to consider taking a break or cross- training with another activity until you are feeling more comfortable.
If you have questions or concerns about your bunion pain, please don’t hesitate to call Dr. Mitchell Wachtel at (978) 794-8406 to schedule an appointment in one of our three conveniently located Massachusetts locations.