Thursday, October 18, 2012

Don't Let Those Bunions Get Out of Hand

As much as you like to wear your favorite shoes, it may be time for you to find something more comfortable to wear. When you wear shoes that do not fit properly, you are leaving yourself vulnerable to some unsightly and painful foot conditions - one of which is the development of bunions. Many studies show that women are more likely to develop this condition than males are. This may be because women (in an effort to look more attractive) typically wear shoes that are too tight and fit improperly. This is easily recognized as the bones in the joint of the toes start to realign themselves, resulting in a formation of what appears to be a bump on the outer side of the joint. This "bump" is actually a protruding bone and inflamed swollen tissue. This condition can be very painful if it is left untreated.
Many people tend to ignore this problem when it is developing. They are so used to wearing shoes that are too tight that they don;t realize there is a problem. They may resort to using over the counter treatments that are designed to provide some relief from the pain. Little do they know, the longer they avoid seeking out professional help for their bunions, the more severe and disabling the condition can become.
If you don't want to end up like those people who are always kicking off their shoes the first chance they get in an effort to alleviate the pain and discomfort they are experiencing, you need to see a foot doctor so they can take a look at your bunions. In addition to providing you with some creams and medications that will lessen the inflammation, they can also determine if surgery would be a good option for you. Since bunions involve the formation of additional and misaligned bones, an operation may be necessary to get your feet back in proper shape.
Living with bunions can be very uncomfortable and can cause you to have problems with mobility. They can make it difficult for you to find shoes that are comfortable to wear. In some cases, you may have to make some adjustments to your lifestyle in order for you to continue to function in a normal capacity. Depending on your situation, you may need to wear larger or wider shoes to prevent the affected area from being irritated. Some over the counter medications, such as anti-inflammatory pain relievers, can be used to help combat the swelling. Cold packs and rest are often helpful in reducing the severity of your condition. If the problem becomes too serious, infection and other complications can occur.
When the problems you experience with your feet start to consume your life, you need to see a specialist. In order to prevent this condition in the first place, take better care of your feet by wearing shoes that fit without causing any stress or discomfort. You may not look as glamourous as you might like, but in the end you will be glad you did the right thing for your health.

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