Posts for: June, 2020
Take these simple steps now to prevent painful bunions in the future.
Whether the women in your family are often complaining about their bunions or you’re someone who can’t seem to part with your high heels, it’s a good idea to assess your risk for developing a bunion. After all, with proper foot hygiene, you can prevent a bunion from forming in the first place. From the office of our Bloomington, IL, podiatrist, Dr. Gerald Paul, here are some ways to prevent bunion formation.
Choose Footwear Wisely
If you wear poorly fitted shoes this can increase your risk for a bunion. If shoes are too tight, put pressure on the big toe joint or cramp up toes these are signs that you need to part ways with these shoes and purchase new ones. If you are having trouble finding shoes that fit your feet, someone at your local shoe store should be able to measure your feet and help you get fitted.
Pinpoint Problem Shoes
If you are someone who loves high heels, then you’re in for a rude awakening. High heels put the foot in an unnatural position, which can also put unnecessary stress and pressure on the big toe joint. That’s why you should avoid any shoes with a heel above 2 inches. You should also avoid shoes with a pointed toe.
Correct Imbalances in the Feet
Some people inherit structural abnormalities in their feet, which also leaves them prone to developing bunions. Again, if the women in your family are complaining about bunions, then chances are good that you are also more at risk for developing this bony deformity. One way to correct an imbalance is to consult with our podiatrist here in Bloomington, IL, to find out if custom orthotics (shoe inserts) could correct these imbalances and help redistribute weight more evenly throughout the feet. Shoe inserts can also provide additional support, shock absorption, and cushioning.
Your feet work hard for you every day, so when problems arise that require a qualified podiatrist’s expert treatment and care, call the Bloomington, IL, office of McLean County Foot and Ankle at (309) 662-9001 to find out how we can help.