A bunion, a bony bump that occurs on the base of the joint of the big toe, can be a very uncomfortable deformity to live with. Women are more likely to suffer from bunions than men, and their exact cause is unknown. For those who partake in yoga, poor foot form, such as overpronation, can exacerbate bunion pain and may even lead to bunions according to some experts. When doing yoga, be sure to keep your feet properly positioned. Some yoga exercises that may help relieve pain and prevent bunions include heel lifts, toe lifts, seated toe abduction, and yoga handshakes. Before doing these yoga exercises, however, it is recommended to see a podiatrist first to ask if yoga is right for you. Furthermore, these exercises will not get rid of any existing bunions, so if you are experiencing pain from a bunion, it is advised to see a podiatrist.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.
Why do Bunions Form?
Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form
How are Bunions Diagnosed?
Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.
How are Bunions Treated?
- Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
- Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
- Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
- Orthotics or foot inserts
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in West Orange, Toms River, Guttenberg, and Elmwood Park, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.