The symptoms of a bunion can include irritated skin around the prominence, pain when walking, redness, pain at rest, sometimes blisters or ulcers and often callous or hard skin formation around the big toe. A third more women than men get bunions and this is probably what has a ‘bunion specialist’ convinced that bunions are caused by poor fitting shoe wear. It seems that a more likely cause is over pronation of the feet, flat feet, and excess flexibility of the foot ligaments and that these structural differences are then further aggravated by poor fitting shoes. African bush men get bunions and even Oprah Winfrey has a bunion
Flatfoot is characterized by the sole of the foot coming into complete or near-complete contact with ground. It can be inherited, cause by injury or by rheumatoid arthritis. Flatfoot signs are rare, though weight gain, ill-fitting shoes, or excessive standing may cause pain. You can treat it with foot-strengthening exercises, and shoes with good arch support or orthotics. So what are bunions and hammer toes? A bunion (hallux valgus) is a boney bump behind the big toe. A hammer toe (claw, mallet, deformed toe) is a toe that is curved or curled when it should be straighter. And a tailor’s bunion (bunionette) is a boney bump behind the pinky toe.
Because our feet are the closest part of our bodies to the ground and are exposed to dirt and other contaminants, any cut or blister can very quickly turn into an infection. It is recommended that any break in the skin be promptly treated by a podiatrist. Diagnosis begins with a careful history and physical examination by your doctor. This will usually include a discussion about shoe wear and the importance of shoes in the development and treatment of the condition. X-rays will probably be suggested. This allows your doctor to measure several important angles made by the bones of the feet to help determine the appropriate treatment. Treatment
Small pads made for cushioning a corn can be purchased at a drug store. These donut-shaped pads are applied over the corn to protect it from pressure and friction. This often allows the pain to be relieved and gives the corn time to shrink, explains the Mayo Clinic. You Might Also Like Remove the Skin Once the surgeon is satisfied that the toe is straight and well balanced, the skin incisions are closed with small stitches. A bulky bandage is applied to the foot before you are returned to the recovery room. After Surgery
Vinegar foot wrap – Take two towels and soak one in an equal parts mixture of vinegar and hot water. Wrap the swollen ankle or the whole foot in the towel for about five minutes. Take the second towel and soak in a similar mixture of vinegar and cold water. Wrap the foot for another five minutes. Alternate hot and cold vinegar foot wraps three times for relief from foot pain, tendinitis and swelling. Flour paste – Mix regular flour with some gardenia and wine. Apply the paste all over the foot and leave on for 15 minutes to relieve pain and swelling due to sprains and overuse of muscles.