Bunions are a foot condition that affect many people, and they can be especially problematic for those with diabetes. Bunions are bony bumps that form on the joint at the base of the big toe, causing the big toe to point towards the second toe. Bunions develop gradually, often as a result of wearing tight, narrow shoes that force the toes into an unnatural position.
Individuals with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing bunions due to the nerve damage and circulation issues that can result from the disease. Diabetes can also lead to changes in foot shape, making it more likely that an individual will develop bunions.
While surgery is an option for severe cases, there are several non-surgical ways to care for your feet if you have bunions.
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Comfortable ShoesWearing comfortable shoes that fit and socks that have plenty of space for your toes is essential. Avoid shoes with a narrow toe box or high heels.
Comfortable SocksSocks should be breathable and not too tight. We recommend the Doctor’s Choice Bunion Quarter-Length Socks, which are uniquely designed for those with Stage 1 or 2 bunions. These socks feature a pocket for the big toe that separates, slightly straightens, and helps relieve pressure. The socks also have specially placed soft feather padding and a seamless toe closure, reducing abrasion while enhancing comfort.
Non-Medicated CushionsUsing non-medicated pads or cushions can help alleviate bunion discomfort. These pads act as a barrier between your foot and shoe, reducing friction and pressure on the bunion. You can easily find these pads at a drugstore or online.
Shoe InsertsOrthotics or shoe inserts can help redistribute pressure on your feet and provide extra support. There are various types of orthotics available, including those designed for people with bunions. Consult a podiatrist to determine the appropriate orthotic for you.
Ice Your BunionsApplying ice to your bunions can help reduce swelling and relieve pain. You can use a cold pack, a bag of frozen peas, or even a towel soaked in cold water. Apply the ice for 10-20 minutes at a time, several times a day.
At Doctor’s Choice, we believe when your feet hurt, everything hurts! Bunions can be a huge source of pain for anyone, and especially for those living with diabetes. Be sure to take care of your feet so you can get back to enjoying a pain-free life!