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Tips to Soothe Your Bunionette

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Bunionette anatomy It won’t be long now until we celebrate our nation’s independence and we are hard-pressed to come up with a more idyllic setting to do so than Breckinridge Park. So if you don’t already have plans for the 4th, come check out the festivities and fireworks with all your friends from town. Of course, if you are suffering with the pain and irritation that accompanies a troublesome bunionette, you might be thinking of taking a pass and staying at home. We don’t want you to miss out on a great time over something like that, so let’s look at some tips to help!

Bunionettes are similar to bunions—to the point that they are sometimes called “tailor’s bunions”—but one develops on the outside edge of your foot, right where the little toe connects, instead of on the inside edge. Other than that, you have essentially the same situation where the toe bone starts veering inwards and the metatarsal bone in your foot angles outwards, thereby creating a protruding bump.

When a bunionette is swollen or causing you pain, there are steps you can take to handle it. These include:

  • Changing your shoes. A common source of irritation for these toe deformities are shoes that are too tight. If the insides are rubbing against your tailor’s bunion, try a pair that has a wider toe box. We’re sorry, ladies, but this means you likely have to pass on your usually high-heeled shoes that have pointed toes.
  • Icing the area. Wrap an ice pack in a thin towel and then apply to the affected area. The towel will help prevent damaging your skin, but the ice should reduce any inflammation and decrease pain or discomfort.
  • Medications. Check with our office first for specific recommendations regarding type and dosages, but over-the-counter medications are also helpful in managing the pain and inflammation that often accompany this condition.

These tips might be all you need to soothe an angry bunionette, but if you require additional assistance or care, Richardson Podiatry Associates is here for you. Give us a call at (972) 690-5374 or use our online form to request your appointment with our Richardson, TX office today. Don’t forget to connect with us on such social media platforms at Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ to stay current with news and tips to keep you healthy and active.

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