Thanks for tuning in to this first installment of our bunion awareness and treatment campaign.
A large population of Americans – tens of millions and growing – is suffering from bunions and all the discomfort they cause. Surprisingly enough, many people’s bunions go unnoticed because of two reasons:
1) They may not be noticeable right away. There are various stages of bunion development, and many fail to notice until they are at the most prominent stages.
2) What is actually a bunion is often misunderstood as being foot pain from shoes or exercise, and is continuously ignored. If left untreated, bunions can be extremely painful and crippling; ultimately bringing down the quality of life for those who suffer.
What is a bunion?
A large part of this movement to raise awareness revolves around deciphering what exactly a bunion is, what it looks like, what it affects, and how they may be formed. Let’s start by clearing the air on these common questions surrounding bunions.
Debunking the Myths Behind Bunions
While the causes of bunions are controversial, it is generally agreed on that wearing tight or pointy shoes leads to bunions. A bunion is technically considered a deformity of the metatarsal bone and a deviation of the big toe, scientifically referred to as the hallux. The bump itself is swollen tissue or an enlarged bony prominence, which occurs at the side and base of the big toe. There are about four various stages of a bunion, and each one becomes increasingly painful.
The first stage includes swelling or thickness of skin at the base of the big toe, as seen in the picture. It is usually uncomfortable and tight, and redness can also be visible. A second-stage bunion is often painless, but easier to see. In this stage, the big toe starts to overlap and point towards the other toes. The third stage is more severe, and makes it hard to do every-day activities like walking around and exercising. The head of the big toe becomes displaced, jutting further out towards the rest of the toes. Also, the first bone of the hallux (big toe) starts becoming dislocated from its joint. Finally, the fourth stage is the most crippling and unbearable, and also the most noticeable. The swelling of the bump is most prominent at this stage, and the big toe bone is usually overlapped onto the second toe.
Sounds scary right? It can be, if gone untreated.
Who gets them? Am I at risk?
Bunions most commonly affect women, but can develop on men’s feet as well. Bunions are also hereditary, so those with family members who have bunions are at a higher risk. Athletes or work-out enthusiasts may also be at high risk, due to the fact that their feet are constantly rubbing against shoes. Patients of diabetes are not exempt either, as they usually suffer from poor circulation in the feet, which may facilitate ulcers and bunions.
If you find that you can relate to any of the abovementioned group types, KEEP READING.
It is important to understand that bunions do not go away on their own. As a matter of fact, they increasingly become more and more painful and limiting. In order to rid yourself of bunions once and for all, it is crucial to develop a plan of action and follow it through. Below are some common methods of bunion treatment:
- Exercise to correct bunions
- Wear looser and more comfortable shoes
- Corrective Orthotics
While there are many expensive surgeries and preventative measures out there, the answer is often much more affordable and reliable in the long-run. Some people turn to surgery as the answer because they think that it is a permanent way to get rid of bunions and foot pain, which is not true at all. Unfortunately surgery is often ineffective and actually results in structural damage to the foot more often than hospitals would like you to know. Not to mention, the pain and excruciatingly long recovery time – 6 months to 1 year – that it takes when dealing with this surgery. That’s a pretty big gamble to for one surgery can cost $3,500 to $4,500.
Instead, many people have been trying something easier and more convenient, and with better results: BunionPal.
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BunionPal has a large following – including doctors and podiatrists – who trust these products to accomplish what those expensive orthotics and surgeries can’t. BunionPal is a series of products by DR JK made of the best high-quality materials. These products include toe separators, toe spreaders, and bunions sleeves – just to name a few. The gel products are made of medical-grade gel, and all products are designed to provide not only immediate relief, but also long-term correction. BunionPal products are safe and easy-to-use from the comfort of your own home; not to mention durable and reasonably priced.
Also, beware of BunionPal imitators. Imitators may feature similar-looking products, but are different in one huge regard: BunionPal features an important and ergonomic design that is meant to move with your feet instead of causing more limitations or pain. BunionPal is a trademarked and secure product, but cannot promise that other imitators are as well. While BunionPal products can guarantee medical-grade materials and a money-back guarantee, local imitators cannot. In fact, opting to choose cheaper materials will only aggravate bunions, leaving you in a worse position than if you had taken no action at all.
Try DR JK’s line of BunionPal products before hanging up those high heels forever.
We hope this blog has been informative and has inspired you to take action against your bunions. Bunions are something that affect health, weight, and overall quality of life in the worst way. However, with the proper treatment regimen, they can be dealt with in an unobtrusive way that will allow you to get back to living instead of constantly worrying and dealing with pain.
Stay tuned for our next blog!