Is that Bump on your Foot a Bunion?

In Canada, women are 10 times more likely than men to have bunions.

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Is that Bump on your Foot a Bunion?

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. This bump makes the big toe joint stick out further on the side, and forces the big toe to curve in closer to the other toes. The skin over the bunion might be red and sore, due to pressure and friction of the bump rubbing on you shoes. The big toe can ride under the second toe causing other problems such as corns and callouses.

Some people develop bunions from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly (especially high heels or narrow-toed shoes). For other people, bunions are caused by factors beyond their control such as inherited foot type that is susceptible to bunions, neuromuscular disorder, severe injury to the foot or a medical condition, such as arthritis.

In Canada, women are 10 times more likely than men to have bunions.

Treatments that may relieve the pain and pressure of a bunion include:

  • Changing your shoes, to roomy, comfortable shoes that provide plenty of space for your toes.
  • Bunion shield decreases friction of the bunion joint against shoes, it provides comfort and pain relief.
  • Interdigital Spacers to realign the big toe.
  • Medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen sodium (Aleve) can help you control the pain of a bunion.
  • Arch supports Over-the-counter arch supports can provide relief for some people; others require prescription orthotic devices.
  • Applying ice Icing your bunion after you've been on your feet too long or if it becomes inflamed can help relieve soreness and inflammation.(10 min on and 10 min off)
  • Strengthening exercises can help ease bunion pain and reduce bunion progression
  • Strapping, day aligner and night splints may help slow the progression of the bunion if used in the mild stage.

If the above treatments don't provide relief from your symptoms, you might need surgery. However, surgery isn't recommended unless a bunion causes you frequent pain or interferes with your daily activities.

Who Can Benefit From Nursing Foot Care?

People from all walks of life can benefit, we all depend on our feet to keep us mobile. People who spend long hours on their feet could benefit from a relaxing foot care treatment and suggestions for improved foot health and comfort. Ongoing foot care maintenance is important for those with poor eyesight, diseases such as poor circulation, stroke, dementia, arthritis, joint problems, foot pain or other conditions that prevent people from being able to care safely for their own feet.

Consultation and Assessment

Professional foot care begins with a thorough nursing assessment of the client's feet and includes a health questionnaire and visual inspection. Our Foot Care Nurses are trained in Advanced and Diabetic Foot Care, we are able to care for specific foot care problems such as corns, calluses, ingrown toe nails, thickened and hard to cut nails, cracked heels, and fungal nails. After assessing your feet, we will design a personalized foot care program specific to your needs. We can also offer suggestions for keeping your feet more comfortable between visits.

Diabetic Foot Care

Ongoing foot care is extremely important for people with diabetes. Some of the effects of the disease increase the risk of foot problems and also increase the likelihood of complications. Regular assessment and proper diabetic foot care can decrease the risk of serious foot problems.

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