People wear orthopedic shoes for a variety of reasons including bunions, hammertoe, fallen arches and conditions related to diabetes. Like all shoes, orthopedic shoes and the orthotics worn with the shoes wear out. Additionally, many of the chronic conditions that require people to wear orthopedic shoes can alter with time, meaning repairs or modifications are necessary. Bunions and plantar warts are both conditions that affect the feet. However, there are significant differences between the two conditions. Bunions affect the bone growth, while plantar warts are a skin condition caused by a virus. Few things are worse than having aching feet. Every step brings a reminder of the pain. This is the case when a bunion develops. It makes your shoe tighter and the pressure greater, typically on the big toe. Muscles and bones become irritated, affecting daily activity. Bunions cause the big toe to move toward the smaller ones, and that shift results in a pushing out of bone on the side of the foot. Once a bunion develops, there are ways to manage it. Lasting relief may come through surgery. What are the most effective bunion treatment options? Go through this article to find out more about treating this foot abnormality. Originally from the East Anglican word "bunny," the word "bunion" means "swelling." Also called "hallux valgus," it describes a protrusion at the base of the big toe. Bunions are nine to ten times more frequent in women than in men. Because our big toe joint helps to bear and distribute weight during most activities, it is important to know how to slow bunion development, control the pain, and decide when to opt for surgery. A simple bunionectomy, in which only the bony prominence is removed, may be used for the less severe deformity. Severe bunions may require a more involved procedure, which includes cutting the bone and realigning the joint. Exercising your toes will aid in pain relief and help provide mobility in your toes. Maintaining that mobility helps slow down the damage of bunions. By realigning your big toe to it's proper position with exercise, you'll help maintain the health of your feet and help you maintain your mobility. A bunion is a bump that appears at the base of the big toe. Left untreated, bunions lead to pain and deformity. Tight, narrow shoes often cause bunions, although some people develop bunions due to family history or cerebral palsy. Bunions can strike children as young as 10 years old. Having a bunion makes the inner side of your foot prominent at its base, around the big toe. Bunions develop, because of some problems with alignment of bones of our forefoot. This leads to tremendous pressure as well of prominence of the big toe and its base in particular. This also causes irritation of tissues in the adjoining areas of the foot, causing inflammation and foot pain The cause of bunions has also been related to hereditary factors; if your ancestors have had this typical foot pain , it is likely that you might also have it. However, there isn't any evidence to support this fact. If you or someone in your family has a bunion, please give our office a call. Dr Helms or Dr Bowers can help you determine the best course of action to keep you active and help you achieve pain free feet. Are you suffering from bunion pain ? If so, you need to consider a bunion splint or bunion regulator as an important part of your treatment for bunions. It may very well be just the thing that will make a big difference in your bunion pain If you are suffering from big toe pain in the joint then you may be experiencing one of these big toe pain conditions. Functional orthotics, when prescribed and cast by a doctor—usually a podiatrist—are precision medical devices which correct for your particular foot abnormality. Custom functional orthotic devices have the greatest chance of reducing the forces through your joint, reducing your pain, and helping you avoid bunion surgery. When Is Bunion or Big Toe Joint Surgery Needed? When you start to have joint pain from your bunion, or the bunion condition limits your activities and all conservative options have failed, surgery may be necessary. Joint pain may indicate degeneration of the joint cartilage. One of the goals in bunion surgery is to realign the joint to prevent further loss of joint cartilage.