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Tips for Soothing Bunion pains.

 

There are many people in the world who have bunions. The good thing is that it poses no risks, but the irritation and pain will cause a lot of discomforts and affect your day to day life.

utah bunion doctorThe most common thing that people with bunions complain about is the pain and irritation. The pain stems from inflammation that occurs around the tissue of the toe joint, which are being stretched when the bones are shifting out of position. When the bunion rubs against the shoe, it cause further irritation and pain.

There are many ways you can deal with the condition, but the best way is by seeking medical care. Below are some tips you can use to reduce the pain.

Start with a soak
A cool foot soak goes a long way in helping relieve the pain and irritation. You can use a basin if you don’t have a foot spa at home. Pour a few tablespoons of Epsom salt or any other bath salts in a basin, fill the basin with lukewarm or cool water until the ankles are fully covered. Soak your legs for between five and fifteen minutes. The Epsom salt can be found in your local store, or anywhere first aid supplies are sold.

Stretch your toe
Doing some stretching exercises will go a long way in addressing the sore joints including the toes too. The first step is sitting comfortably, then use a strap to grasp your toe, you can use your hands if you are flexible. Pull the toe through a comfortable range of motion while holding it for thirty seconds. Repeat it several times. Stretch the toe away from the next toe while also holding for thirty seconds, continue repeating the process. If you big toe has a bunion, grab the big toe and stretch it away from the next toe. If the pain worsens, then you should discontinue.

Apply a topical analgesic
There are many different options when it comes to pain relief creams and gels. They can be found in stores or online. These products contain menthol or other similar ingredients that cause] a cooling sensation causing pain relief. There are also some products that contain capsaicin, a compound that is derived from chili peppers, it blocks the pain signals temporarily to the areas where it is applied.

Try a toe spacer or a bunion relief
There are some bunion relief devices that can reduce the pain and inflammation mainly by reducing the stress on the joints of the toe. The devices come in different sizes, choose ones that you feel most comfortable wearing.

Try new shoes
Change in size of the feet is not just for kids, it happens to adults as well. One’s feet can change throughout his/her life, both the length and the width. When one has bunions, the width of the legs tends to increase, which means wearing a wider shoe. There are many fashionable shoes that are wide. The shoes can also be taken for repair.

We offer a wide range of options to take care of bunions, surgery and many other needs at any of our Utah offices. For information on bunions and solutions go here >

Contact us here with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment. Feel free to call one of our Utah offices in Alpine/Highland at 801.756.1800 or Sandy, Utah at 801.571.7911. We look forward to serving you!

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