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Get Creative with Bunion Home Care

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Abstract sculptures, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and handmade ceramics will cluster in Cottonwood Park for Richardson’s 45thsemi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival on Saturday, May 3 from 10 AM to 7 PM and Sunday, May 4 from 10 AM to 5 PM. If you have bunions, deformed bumps on the joints of your big toes, you could come home with pain after wandering around the festival. That’s the time to get creative with bunion home care.

Choosing the right type of shoe could be the first step in alleviating some of your pain. Wearing wide shoes with a flexible sole and more room in the toe area gives your bunion some space to breathe. Athletic shoes, sandals, and soft leather shoes are good choices for proper footwear. Steer clear of narrow, pointy, or high heel shoes, as they will only exacerbate the pain. If you don’t want to buy a new pair, you may be able to find a shoe repair shop that will stretch your current shoes for a better fit.

Try activities like swimming and bicycling that put less pressure on your joints. When you visit our office, ask our staff to recommend a pair of custom orthotics that can also relieve some of the stress on your big toe. We can also suggest other types of bunion support in the form of pads, arch supports, moleskins, and gel pads.

If toe pain is bothering you, try putting ice on the area for 10 or 20 minutes. Remember to elevate your foot while you do it, lifting your toe so it’s higher than your heart. We may have you use anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen to help ease some immediate pain. Warm baths and a massage could be a soothing way to give your feet some rest.

Bunion home care offers some creative ways to prevent aching and soreness. If the pain persists, call Richardson Podiatry Center at (972) 690-5374 in Richardson, TX. Use our website to email us if you want to ask a quick question, or you can request an appointment with Dr. Gene Reister online as well.

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