Bunions Don't Have To Slow You Down

It’s estimated that 1 in 51 Americans struggle with bunions. If you’re included in that statistic, you know how painful and difficult bunions can be, but you should also know that they don't have to slow you down forever. There are solutions available that you can find at your local podiatrist office. Learn more about what causes bunions and how it can be effectively treated at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC, a popular Lake Ridge podiatry.

Bunion Problems
Bunions are a common foot problem that affects over five million Americans. The people who are most susceptible to developing bunions are those that spend a lot of time working on their feet or walking for long periods of time. The big toe moves toward the other toes while a large bump forms on the inside of your foot. Some people think that bunions are just superficial skin growths, like corns, but it’s actually a problem with the bone.

What Causes Bunions?
Bunions happen when the bone on the inner side of the foot begins to protrude into an unnatural position. The more the bone protrudes, the more painful it becomes to move around—it can even cause you to start limping when you walk. Bunions are usually caused by poor walking habits, flat feet, bursitis and wearing shoes that are too tight for your feet. In some cases, it’s a hereditary condition that runs in families. Your Lake Ridge podiatrist will consult you about the exact cause.

Bunion Cures
You don’t have to continue to struggle with bunions—they can be cured with therapy, medication, and, in some cases, surgery. The first goal is to relieve your pain, so your podiatrist may prescribe pain medication or NSAIDs. Applying heat or ice therapy to a bunion also provides relief. The next goal is to help train the bone back into a normal position with orthotics and roomier shoes. In some cases physical therapy may help, at the very least to learn how to walk normally again. And in advanced cases, surgery may be helpful.

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Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC

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