All to know about bunions: How to treat them and avoid the pain

Bunions are not in your mind until it happens to you, while there are times when preventing them is impossible, there are things you can do to reduce the pain and its severity.

Bony bumps are a very common foot condition and one of the most aching things that can happen to you. Bunions are foot-bone protrusions, also called hallux valgus, and if they are not treated the only option you are left with is corrective surgery. However, if you treat them at an early age, you can make them less severe.

What causes bunions

What causes bunions

Bunions look like a large bump at the base of the big toe, and they are the result of your first metatarsal bone shifting out of alignment, it can also occur on the base of your pinky toe and it is called bunionette or baby bunion.

Experts argue whether bunions could be caused by overly narrow, tight and high-heeled shoes, but they are indeed more common in women. It might be a combination of factors such as genetics and uncomfortable shoe wear.

Early symptoms

If you experience any numbness, swelling, aching, redness and calluses near your big toe, if your big toe is shifting its position, you have to consult an expert.

How to ease the pain

How to ease the pain

You can start by soaking your feet in Epsom salt every day, opting for wider shoes but the only real way to correct a bunion is by surgery.

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