Bunions are a common foot ailment that affects millions of people (mostly women); rich or poor, ordinary or celebrity. What can first start out as a bump on the side of the big toe, can progressively develop into something that looks and feels much more painful. Sometimes genetics or previous injuries are a factor in whether or not you will get bunions, but the good news is, bunions can mostly be prevented or treated with proper care, especially when caught early.
Here are five ways to prevent bunions from forming in the first place.
- Wear comfortable shoes. When walking around, commuting for long periods of time, or taking a nice stroll, comfortable shoes are your best allies. The right shoes will help in preventing bunions from forming and they are much kinder to your feet than high heels. Also, shoes with wide toe areas are much better for you than shoes that pinch your toes.
- Use custom orthotics. Orthotics that are not customized to your feet would be like buying and wearing shoes that don’t really fit. Orthotics that can be purchased over-the-counter are generally unhelpful for your feet unless you happen to have the perfectly sized feet that fit that particular size. Most people’s feet are different even from left foot to right, so custom orthotics are able to cater to your specific foot ailments much more effectively than if you just grab a pair of orthotics off the rack. It’s also a good idea to bring your orthotics with you when shoe shopping to make sure that they fit properly within your new shoes.
- Change up your exercise routine. Try to do more exercises that are low impact, especially on your feet. This is not only helpful for bunions but for preventing a variety of other ailments as well. Great alternatives for running and jogging (which are high impact) are yoga, Pilates, or swimming. If you do run, make sure to wear your custom orthotics to minimize the shock your feet absorb.
- See your podiatrist. Your podiatrist can diagnose and treat your bunions before you even know you have them. This is especially important because the earlier the treatment, the better the chances are of full recovery with minimal effort. Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center has been treating patients with bunions and other foot and ankle disorders for over seventeen years. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment at our Centreville, VA office, please call 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.