While often overlooked or ignored in the early stages, bunions can cause serious pain. Running, walking or even standing can be made to be unbearable. Luckily, with help from your Houston podiatrist, there are ways to avoid bunions forming in the first place.Bunions

Why do bunions hurt? 
Bunions are a bony, painful growth located at the base of the big toe. The growth causes the bones in the foot to shift, forcing the toes toward the outside of the foot. While not everyone who suffers from bunions feels the pain associated with the condition, those who do may feel pain from the bunion rubbing against their shoes in addition to the bones shifting.

What causes bunions? 
Preexisting conditions like pronation, arthritis or neuromuscular diseases may attribute to bunion growth. While genetics play a role in the growth of bunions, they are generally thought to be worsened by wearing tight or narrow shoes with a high heel. Since women most commonly wear shoes that fit this description, they are much more susceptible to bunion problems than men.

How can I avoid bunions? 
There is a strong hereditary influence in how your foot is shaped, so preventing bunions from forming is not always a simple matter. High heeled or narrow shoes are known to speed the bunion process, so wearing comfortable, flat shoes can be beneficial. Since no two feet are the same, the best way to avoid bunions is to consult with your podiatrist to determine the best course of action or treatment.

What is the treatment for bunions? 
If the bunion is irritated or swollen, over-the-counter pain relief medications or ice packs may soothe discomfort. Your doctor may advise you to wear different shoes or avoid being on your feet for long periods of time throughout the day. More severe cases may require surgery known as a bunionectomy to remove the bunion.

If you are suffering from bunion pain or seeking advice on how to keep them from worsening, Dr. Mark Moss, DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Hina S. Hassan DPM, AACFAS at Coastal Foot and Ankle in Houston, TX can help. Call (281) 485-2988 to schedule an appointment today!