In the event you develop bunions, in most cases they cannot be cured without surgery. Because it is a gradual angling of the large toe and then the swelling of the large toe joints, bunions are not often picked up until they become painful and start to interfere with everyday activities.
A podiatrist (feet specialist) or GP is the best person to speak to about surgery. Fortunately, there are a number of things that can be done to alleviate pain or discomfort and to prevent further deterioration.
It is hard to give a general description of what bunion pain feels like, it can be a mild discomfort, aching pain, throbbing or shooting pain with each step.
The pain can occur in the large toe, a bony lump on the inside of the foot, on the ball of the feet and on the smaller toes due to the large toe pressing in on them.
In general, the pain is most prominent whilst wearing (ill-fitted) shoes. And in some cases, there is residual pain after the shoes have been taken off.
Avoiding the bunion pain
In general, avoiding high heeled, pointy toes and tight shoes are the best ways to prevent deterioration. Wide-fitting, low heeled shoes are the most comfortable shoes for bunion sufferers, especially for frequent daily use. For those who still prefers heels, wide fit wedges are also an option.
There are also a number of accessories that can be used for relieving pain and discouraging deterioration;
-pads (orthotic insoles & toe cushioning pads)
-splints (typically used overnight)
The orthotic insoles are great for when there is pain underneath the foot, particularly for pain on the ball of the foot. Whilst toe cushioning pads are for protecting the actual bunion from being pressured or rubbed by the shoe. Toe spacers are more popular for when the big toe has significantly diverged and is now applying uncomfortable pressure on the smaller toes. This can be used before or after wearing shoes.
It is important to mention that there is no conclusive medical evidence that splints correct bunions. However, they can prevent further diverging of the big toe but should only be used when moving the big toe those not cause pain.
Shoes for bunions can Help
If you are looking for shoes to fit your bunions, the Calla range is for you. Designed by a bunion sufferer, with the help of expert podiatrists, Calla shoes are made to fit your feet, with lots of features to make walking more comfortable and less painful.