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Cluffy > Foot Conditions  > Bunions

Pain on the ball of your foot can be linked back to painful bunions. What is a bunion and what can you do to help? Find out more below.

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What is a bunion?

Bunions are those little bones that stick out below your big toe on the inside of your foot. The one that forms on the outside behind your little toe is called a bunionette.

What causes the condition?

Certain people have genetic factors that make them more predisposed to bunions than others. They are extremely common and others in your family may have them too. Another of its main causes is the tightness of the shoe you are wearing. Surprisingly, the lack of the big toe function also causes bunions. If you have a family history, wear tight shoes and walk improperly, you have a bunion or you will most likely develop one in the future.

As your bunion develops, you will need wider and wider shoes. However, your heel may no longer fit in the wider shoe. This will cause irritation to your heel as it slips up and down the shoe. Bunions get worse over time and will lead to pain on the ball of the foot behind the toes. Arthritis can also develop in the joint over time.

As for walking, when the big toe does not bend properly, the force of moving your toe needs to be redirected. It will either move your bone to the inside of your foot, which is a bunion, or upward towards the top of your foot, which is an arthritic toe. We have found evidence that bunions may improve with conservative care by allowing the big toe joint to bend without restriction. There is a significant reduction of the bunion deformity by allowing the big toe to move upward as far as it will go. You can’t control your genetic makeup but you can choose what kind of shoe to wear and how you walk. If you have pain from shoes pressing on the bunion, you may continue to have pain and will need to research surgical options for your bunion problem. Before doing so, it is worth trying our products as they work with many people to relieve discomfort.

What can I do?

  • Soak your feet in lukewarm water with Epsom salts for 15-20 minutes to help reduce pain and swelling
  • Use topical muscle rubs to provide temporary pain relief
  • Use of over the counter anti-inflammatories, such as Ibuprofen or naproxen can be helpful on a short-term basis. It is best to check with your doctor before taking these medications.
  • Caring for your Foot

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1 Comment
  • Sue DeBacker
    Posted at 8:14 am, July 26, 2017

    Dr. Clough,

    How are you doing with those size 14 LuxSteps?

    I am not wearing my Danskos – but I’m not returning them either – you spoil sport!

    Thanks for your help,
    Sue DeBacker

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