Do you dread the thought of putting on shoes every morning? Is that bony bump on the side of your foot starting to become too painful to bear?
Let’s face it, bunions aren’t fun. Not only are they painful, but they’re also quite unsightly. The good news, however, is that you can treat some symptoms of bunions from the comfort of your own home. While the permanent fix requires surgery to realign joints, these home remedies can help soothe your pain in the meantime.
- Toe exercises, such as toe stretches, resistance exercises and towel curls: Keep your foot flexible by doing simple daily exercises. Stretch your toes by pointing them straight for five seconds before curling them under for another five seconds.
- Deep-tissue massage: Use your fingertips to gently massage muscles around the bunion in a circular motion until you feel the tension loosen. You may want to apply an ice pack following your massage.
- Use cushions and pads to reduce pressure: Pointed-toe heels and other narrow shoes cause bunions. You can relieve the pressure by wearing supportive shoes and sole inserts. Ever heard of custom orthotics?
- Avoid tight fitting shoes, such as high heels: Sturdy shoes are a must for people who are constantly on their feet.
- Temporary relief from ice packs: Wrap ice in a towel before applying it to the bunion. This will help reduce inflammation and pain.
- Barefoot yoga to work foot muscles: Certain yoga poses help strengthen the feet muscles.
You may also try long walks at the beach. Sure, it may sound silly now, but walking in sand helps exercise the feet. These non-surgical methods won’t cure bunions, but they can slow growth and provide some much appreciated pain relief.
If you find at-home remedies aren’t enough to soothe your painful bunion, call our Los Angeles office today at (310) 247-9255.
What causes foot pain?
- Trauma, disease and injuries are the most likely causes of foot pain.
- Poor biomechanical alignment and the type of footwear can also cause pain or discomfort.
- Shoes that fit tight or are tied too tightly can cause pain on the top of the foot.
- High heels can cause pain around the ball of your foot just below your toes.
When the bones of the legs break or crack, the injury is called a fracture. Affected individuals experience sudden severe pain and swelling, followed by difficulty and inability in bearing weight on the injured foot. The swelling, bruising, and tenderness are maximal over the injured malleoli. In the ankle, three different bones can be fractured: tibia, fibula, and talus. Foot and ankle fractures are common injuries among people of all ages specially those involved with a wide range of athletic activities, including ballet dancers, snowboarders and basketball players because of the physical demands placed on their ankles.
Sprained ankles often result from a fall, a sudden twist, or a blow that forces the ankle joint out of its normal position. Symptoms of ankle sprains include:
- Pain or soreness
- Bruising and swelling
- Difficulty walking
- Stiffness in the joint
Achilles tendon rupture
Achilles tendon rupture is when the Achilles tendon breaks and rupturing occurs while performing actions requiring explosive acceleration. Here is a list of activities that might cause your tendons to rupture if you are not careful.
- Poorly fitting or inadequate shoes
- Inadequate warm-up or Inadequate proper conditioning
- Jogging or running on hard surface
- Repeated steroid injections (our office advises against steroid injections involving the Achilles)
- Trauma to the ankle
- Tense calf muscles prior to exercise
- Having flat feet
- Tight Achilles Tendon (Equinus) or Prior injury to Achilles Tendon or Heel Spurs
- Calcification of the Achilles Tendon (AICT Achilles Insertional Calcific Tendinosis)
What are my solutions for treatment of foot and ankle fractures or Achilles tendon Injuries?
In more severe cases, surgery may be required to adequately treat foot injuries. Surgery often involves repairing the damaged ligament or ligaments. Your foot and ankle surgeon will select the surgical procedure best suited for your case based on the type and severity of your injury as well as your activity level. The candidates best suited for operative repair included healthy, active individuals who wish to return to sports activities.
Why choose Dr. Jamshidinia and his associates at Jamfeet | Podiatrist – foot surgery, bunion surgery, hammertoe surgery and more
Dr. Kamran Jamshidinia is an expert foot and ankle doctor and the founder of Tower Foot and Ankle Surgery in Century City. He has helped improve the quality of life for thousands of patients thanks to his expertise and experience in podiatry and foot and ankle care. Schedule an appointment with Tower Foot & Ankle today and get back on the road to recovery!