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All about Bunions

All about Bunions

By Taikhum Sadiq

What are bunions?

When the big toe pushes unevenly against the other toes, it nudges outward and creates a bony bump on the side of the foot. This is known as a bunion. Many a times it is accompanied by the swelling of the bursal sac that lies between the joints. Sometimes bunions are erroneously described as enlarges tissues but are actually a deformity of the bone.

What are the symptoms?

Thickening of the region around the big toe is one of the first signs of a bunion. Slowly a deformity can be noticed and a bony bump is felt on the side. It is sometimes accompanied by a crooked toe. This may also include slight pain and discomfort while walking. Blisters are also a common problem as the foot becomes more vulnerable with the event of a bunion.

What are the causes?

Bunions can be hereditary. An injury or uneven stress on joints and tendons in the feet can also result in bunions. This imbalance in pressure makes your big toe joint unstable, and can force your foot out of its normal and healthy alignment. Certain types of arthritis, particularly inflammatory types, such as rheumatoid arthritis can be a reason for bunions. Incorrect footwear is also a major reason.

What are the treatment options?

There are a number of treatment options for bunions. Pads and cushions are used to protect the sensitive area and separate toes that might rub against each other. Wider shoes can be worn to reduce pressure and friction between the toes. Arch supports bring the bones into a more normal alignment, thereby alleviating pressure on the big toe joint. In severe cases, bunion regulator can be used to help relieve pain while sleeping for patients who want to avoid or postpone surgery.

What are my options?

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  • Rolyan Bunion Splint reduces pain following bunionectomy by positioning the big toe in proper alignment. The soft fabrifoam material is slip resistant.
  • Silipos All Gel Bunion Shields are soft and flexible that cushions, protects, and reduces pressure on bunions. It helps to reduce scarring after surgery. The thin design fits most footwear.
  • Silipos Slim Gel-Fit Bunion Sleeve is an elastic sleeve with a gel pad incorporated inside two layers of a comfortable and conforming fabric. The thin design fits most footwear and can be worn under hosiery. This sleeve can also be worn on the hand to protect the thumb. This product is washable and reusable.
  • Silipos Antibacterial Gel Toe Spreaders are effective on bunions and overlapping toes and specially formulated with a tested and proven antimicrobial ingredient that kills up to 99.9 percent of bacteria and fungus. They align and straighten your toes with gentle, constant pressure. The antimicrobial ingredient is contained in the gel and exudes onto the skin. This product is washable and reusable.