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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
April 30, 2014
Category: Bunions

Bunions refer to uncomfortable and often painful bumps that form on your big toe. They are usually on the inner side of your big toe, which often irritates the second toe. Bunions can even create friction with the other toes as they cramp your toes together at the end of the shoe. Bunions actually form from misaligned bones creating a bony bump on the joint that separate your big toe and the rest of your foot. They are caused by a number of different factors that fortunately are preventable.

Dr. Phil Pinsker wants to help keep your toes comfortable and healthy.  Follow his helpful tips on how to prevent these painful growths from appearing or getting worse:

Avoid Narrow Toe Boxes

Shoes with wider toe boxes allow your toes more room to move and breathe. Your toes are actually the widest part of your entire foot so they require more room. Uncomfortable squished toes will rub against one another and often result in bunions.

Choose Comfort Over Fashion

High heels are the number one cause of bunions. This is due to the overwhelming amount of pressure exerted on your toes as they are forced into an unnatural angle toward the ground. Toes are also pushed together creating a severe irritation that often results in the formation of a bunion.

Invest in Orthotics

Custom molded orthotics add an extra layer of comfort and support to your footwear. Custom orthotics are molded to the shape and size of your feet so they can offer you the support and cushioning you require. Orthotics work to reduce the pressure on your feet, lowering your risk for bunions.

Pay Attention to Length, Width, and Height

You should look for footwear that not only allows room for the length and width of your feet, but their height as well. Shoes should be fitted to the entire shape of your feet. Footwear that pushes down on your toes creates pressure with every step which can result in bunions.

Shoe Shop Later in the Day

Your feet can change size throughout the day as they swell and expand. Your feet will be the most swollen in the late afternoon. Shopping later in the day will allow you to find footwear that will comfortably fit your feet throughout the entire day.

Bunions can result in severe swelling and inflammation making all forms of physical activity painful even simply walking or standing. If bunions are not properly treated in a timely matter they may require surgical removal. If you develop a painful bunion, contact our office at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phil Pinsker.