Bunions are a painful and annoying foot problem that unfortunately a lot of older Aussies come to deal with over the years. It can make shoe shopping incredibly difficult, and causes dreadful soreness.
But, what exactly are bunions, and is there anything you can do to relieve the pain and solve the frustrating health problem? According to Sydney-based podiatrist Dr Frances Henshaw bunions can appear as a bony bump on the side of the foot which is formed when the joint of the big toe moves out of place due to pressure, causing the affected toe to develop a bulging bump and point outward towards the other smaller toes.
Unfortunately, because bunions are a progressive deformity, they usually get worse over time. It will start off with swelling, redness or soreness around your big toe joint and persistent foot pain, but can lead to more serious problems such as arthritis in the affected toe – not something you want to be dealing with!
If you notice you have a bunion forming it’s best to get onto it quickly and get something to help. Surgery is available in more serious cases, but there’s other options that are worth exploring first – and they’re far less drastic.
The Bunion Sleeve is ideal for people suffering from mild to moderate bunions. It looks kind of like a sock, but is made from much thinner material and fits around your big toe, over the top of your foot and around your heel.
While it might not look like much it’s ideal for people who are suffering from mild to moderate bunions and helps you to go about your everyday life, free from pain. The Bunion Sleeve works by gently realigning the big toe and taking pressure away from the other toes, releasing built-up tension and relieving soreness. By doing so it also helps to improve balance and gait.
You can slip it on underneath your socks, with shoes and even wear it comfortably overnight as well. The amazing product comes in five different sizes from extra small to extra large – based on your shoe size. And they can be purchased on the Starts at 60 Marketplace for $39.95 each. It’s an easy and affordable way to help your bunion problem and in turn make your life a whole lot easier and pain-free!
Experts also advise people suffering with bunions to steer clear of narrow high-heeled shoes as this can encourage the development of bunions. Henshaw said it’s best to opt for more comfortable and supportive footwear, such as running shoes for every day wear. And when wearing heels, “the blanket advice is try and keep your heel about three centimetres” which will reduce the pressure being forced onto your toes. Sorry ladies, but it will mean less pain in the long run!
IMPORTANT LEGAL INFO This article is of a general nature and FYI only, because it doesn’t take into account your personal health requirements or existing medical conditions. That means it’s not personalised health advice and shouldn’t be relied upon as if it is. Before making a health-related decision, you should work out if the info is appropriate for your situation and get professional medical advice.
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