Bunion is a bony protrusion of the joint at the base of the big toe, which pushes towards the next toe. Sometimes smaller toes can develop bunion as well. Repetitive stress on the foot, wearing tight-fitting shoes, health conditions like Arthritis and sometimes hereditary factors are different causes of bunion, also known as Hallux Valgus. Senior women are at greater risk of developing it due to uncomfortable footwear. Along with pain and discomfort (especially while walking), joint inflammation is noticed in certain cases. It is usually diagnosed physically; however, an X-ray may help in identifying the underlying condition.
Certain steps must be taken to ease the pain. Optimizing your footwear is crucial; using a soft, loose-fitting shoe may help. The hallux straightener is a product especially customized for post surgical recovery from bunions and prevent its relapse. It helps to realign your toe and also reduces pain from ingrown toenails and calluses. A bunion pad or a splint may be useful to reduce pain and irritation. Customized orthotic inserts, medication along with cold compression may be recommended by your doctor. In severe cases, surgical intervention might be required. Early diagnosis and switching to the right footwear can significantly lower the severity of development of bunions.