Are you wondering what you can do about those unsightly bumps on your feet? The medical term for such a problem is a “bunion”. While the issue is not uncommon, not too many people know what it is and what they can do about it.
Simply put, a bunion is a bony bump that grows on the joints connecting the toes to the rest of the foot. In many cases, the growth occurs in situations wherein the toes are forced against each other which in turn enlarges the joint and makes it stick out of alignment. Also, bunions can appear with any movement that involves shifting your weight and exerting uneven pressure on the joints.
What is the cause of bunions?
Before you seek out bunion treatment in Sydney or Melbourne, it is important to learn about what might be causing the problem and what you can do about it.
In many cases, the bunion is due to genetics, and some people are just more susceptible to the problem than others because of a foot or lower limb defect. The bony bump can also occur following a foot injury or excessive wearing of tight fitting shoes such as pointy high heels which are often popular among women.
Other factors that also increases one’s risk of getting bunions include inflammatory illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis and working in certain professions. If you work on your feet for most of the time, then your chances of getting bunions may be greater than most people.
So what can you do about it?
In most cases, bunions do not need medical attention and can be resolved in a short while if you address the factors that might be causing it. You can start by wearing more comfortable shoes and making an effort to relax your feet every few hours.
In a few cases, bunions may persist and require expert care from a podiatrist. If you have a problem moving your feet and joints or are unable to find shoes that fit you perfectly, your doctor may recommend that you start using Orthotics and or undergo surgery.
How long does it take to recover from a bunion surgery?
Most patient reviews on bunion treatment which involve surgery suggest the recovery time as about 6 to 8 weeks. In some cases, complete recovery can take up to 6 months. To increase your chances of a swift recovery, make sure that you follow all postoperative instructions which include wearing surgical boots and taking anti-inflammatory medications.
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