Walking with Bunions
There is no shortage of wonderful events happening this fall in the Coachella Valley of California. A local favorite, Art under the Umbrellas, which takes place every Saturday through spring, kicks off October 26, 2013. This event happens on the closed off streets of Old Town La Quinta. You can spend an enjoyable day taking in the artwork of over 70 artists.
If you have a bunion problem, walking all day may not be your preferred activity. There are many patients we help whose lives are really impacted by the bumps on their feet. This common foot deformity can make it difficult to wear shoes comfortably and painful to walk any long distances. A bunion can rub inside shoes and leave skin red and inflamed. When foot pain is present, you typically tend to walk differently to compensate for or alleviate the pain, which can then have an impact on your knees, hips and lower back.
What will make walking easier if I have a bunion?
Unfortunately, bunions are progressive and tend to worsen over time, especially if left untreated. Once you have them, surgery is the only way to fully be rid of them, but there are several things you can do to ease any pain and prevent them from getting worse. The first thing may be a no-brainer but we often see people with bunions wearing terrible shoes. The best thing you can do is to choose your footwear wisely to accommodate for the bump and keep your feet supported and comfortable. You can protect the bunion with a pad or some moleskin and also try a pair of custom orthotic inserts in your shoes. These are very effective in keeping feet stable and alleviating pain. If it is painful after walking, give your foot a warm foot soak and then ice and massage the area.
Don’t let a bunion problem keep you from enjoying life. If you have been opting out because of foot pain, call Dr. Harvey Danciger for help. Make an appointment at our podiatric office in Palm Desert, CA by calling (760) 568-0108.