bunions10Bunions are bumps that stick out on the base of the big toe. These unattractive bumps may be the result of wearing uncomfortable footwear, not walking properly, or having an unbalanced diet. Fortunately, there are several ways you can relieve bunions at home. One method is to soak your feet in ice water. The cold temperature of the water will numb your feet and cause the pain to quickly go away. This will also eventually reduce the bump on your toe. Soaking your feet in hot water is another effective method. It will reduce inflammation and eventually get rid of the bunion. When in doubt, see your podiatrist for bunion treatment.

Bunions can be very troublesome if they are not treated correctly. If you are having problems with your bunions visit Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey. Dr. Rickettiwill assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office, located in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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