-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you have bunions,
taking care of them now can help you avoid more serious treatment
later, an expert says.
A bunion is a bump that forms on the joint of the big toe when
bone or tissue moves out of place and extends beyond the normal
anatomy of the toe. Left untreated, bunions can cause debilitating
pain and may require surgery to correct, said Brent Rosenthal, a
podiatrist and podiatric surgeon at CentraState Medical Center in
To prevent bunions, avoid wearing shoes with pointed triangular
tips and don't wear high heels for long periods of time each day,
Rosenthal said. You should know your correct shoe size, which can
increase with age, weight gain and pregnancy, he added.
If you do develop a bunion, start wearing shoes with a wide and
deep toe box. Shoe inserts may reduce symptoms and prevent the
bunion from getting worse, according to Rosenthal.
He also suggested using over-the-counter, non-medicated bunion
pads whenever you wear shoes. If the bunion is inflamed and sore,
apply ice packs several times a day, he said.
If these initial treatments don't help, see a podiatrist, a
doctor who specializes in conditions of the feet and ankle. The
doctor might prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug and/or cortisone
injection to ease pain and inflammation. Ultrasound therapy is
widely used to treat bunion-related soft tissue damage.
If these therapies fail, surgery may be required to relieve
pressure and repair the toe joint, said Rosenthal, who noted that
recovery from the surgery takes time and discomfort can last
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