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Beating the Bunion Blues

They can happen to anyone. Celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes have them pushing against the side of their fashionable heels and poking out of their strappy sandals—you can see it in their red carpet photos. Stars and non-celebrities alike may not want to admit it, but years of wearing narrow, pointed shoes do eventually take their toll. Bunions bulge and rub against your shoes, and can hurt when you try to walk. What can you do?

Since they are a progressive problem, ignoring them and continuing to wear the same old footwear won’t keep them from getting worse. On the other hand, bunion surgery is expensive and requires recovery time. Still, when the pain strikes, you know you have to change something. Fortunately you can take steps to reduce your pain and slow down the development of the problem.

Changing your shoes can be one of the most important steps you take in treating your bunion. Exchange those narrow fashionista pumps that squeeze your toes together in a too-tight space in favor of shoes that provide more support and room. The toe box should have enough room to allow your toes to wiggle freely and the sole should cushion your bunion to help relieve some of the pressure on your painful joint. You may need custom orthotics from Absolute Foot Care Specialists—the Las Vegas experts in orthotic prescription and crafting—to help stabilize the joint and provide that padding.

However you approach your conservative treatment, don’t ignore the pain you feel. The discomfort isn’t normal and doesn’t have to control your feet or your lifestyle. Dr. Noah Levine can help you address that bump on the side of your toe and find the solution that fits your feet the best. For an appointment or more information, contact Absolute Foot Care Specialists by visiting the online contact page or by calling (702) 839-2010.

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