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Would you like to reduce your risk of developing bunions? Wearing orthotics designed by your White Plains, NY, podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters, and following a few of these recommendations may help.
Stay away from tight shoes and high heels
Both styles of shoes increase pressure on the front of your foot and may eventually alter the alignment of your big toe joint. Avoiding these shoes, or only wearing them for short periods of time, can decrease your risk. If you do wear high heels or tight shoes, kick them off a few times during the day to give your feet a little break.
Buy comfortable, roomy shoes
If you can't wiggle your toes a little, your shoes are probably too tight. Look for shoes that offer plenty of room in the toe area, provide adequate cushioning for your entire foot, and offer arch support.
Consider your family history
If other people in your family have had bunions, you're more likely to develop the condition. The family pattern could be related to an inherited foot imbalance. If your foot isn't properly balanced, pressure and stress on your big toe joint could spur the formation of bunions. Unfortunately, wearing high heels or tight shoes only increases your risk if you have a foot imbalance.
Luckily, orthotics may help you avoid painful bunions. The custom shoe inserts provided by your White Plains foot doctor keep your feet properly aligned when you wear shoes, absorb shock, improve arch support, and prevent your feet from slipping and sliding in your shoes.
Orthotics can help you avoid overuse injuries when you run or play sports and are also helpful if you turn your feet inward when you walk. They're often recommended for people who have plantar fasciitis, flat feet, back pain, balance or gait issues, tarsal tunnel syndrome, hammertoes, diabetes, arthritis, bursitis, or tendonitis.
Keep your weight under control
Even a few extra pounds can increase pressure on your feet, stressing your joints. Watching your weight offers a simple way to manage your bunion risk.
Has bunion pain made your life more challenging? Your podiatrist in White Plains, Dr. Peters offers treatment methods that can relieve your pain. Call him at (914) 285-4444 to schedule an appointment to discuss the options.
A bunion is an abnormal growth pattern of the joint below the big toe; it causes the inside of the foot to become misshapen. Not all bunions are painful, but if you're experiencing discomfort in this area, it's time to visit Dr. Eric Peters, your foot doctor in White Plains, NY. Here, you'll get a better idea of how bunions are typically treated.
Shoes that are too narrow or constricting will put pressure on the bunion and can lead to pain and swelling. Your White Plains foot doctor is an excellent resource for learning about the best shoes for accommodating bunions. A professional shoe fitting can also determine if you're wearing the correct size and width for your feet.
For many people with bunions, a bit of cushioning can make a big difference in the way their bunions feel. Specially-designed pads to provide a barrier between the foot and the inside of shoes are available at many drugstore chains; your White Plains foot doctor will make suggestions about the brands and styles that will work best for you. For severe bunions, over-the-counter pads may not be sufficient. In these cases, Dr. Peters will take measurements of your foot that will be used to create a custom-fitted orthotic that balances out your foot's pressure points.
Bunion surgery, also called bunionectomy, removes the deformed bone and reshapes the foot. Your White Plains foot doctor usually waits to see if more conservative treatment methods, like those listed above, are effective first.
If you have a problem with your feet, contact your White Plains, NY, foot doctor, Dr. Peters, for a thorough evaluation. We'd be happy to set you up with an appointment, so call us today!