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All About Bunions

Bunions and onions, sounds nearly the same but vastly so different in many ways. The only similarity between the two is that both can make you cry like a baby. Onions by the release of sulfenic acids that reacts to the air, forming minute sulfuric acid crystallites that kind of burns when it comes in contact with the nose and the eyes, while bunions just hurts like that fiery place we all don’t want to end in.

Bunions are hard things, both in form and function. It is actually your big toe, or the extension of it, that sorts of protrude beyond its natural place. Bunions usually form when the big toe in your feet pushes against the toe next to it, either over or under the next toe, which usually results in the joint of the big toe to kind of stick out awkwardly on that particular side of the foot.

What causes bunions?

Bunions usually are the result of too much pressure on your feet. They develop when the pressure of weight bearing and shifting, like when you walk or run, impacts unevenly on your foot. That imbalance of pressure on your foot causes the joints, particularly of the big toe, to eventually jut out of its normal position, forming the bunion. Other considered causes of bunions are heredity, congenital deformities present at birth, the wearing of ill-fitting and improper footwear and arthritis.

How are bunions treated?

There are many avenues available for the treatment of bunions, both surgical and non-surgical. Non-surgical methods include the use of cortisone injections to relieve and control the inflammation of the bunion. Custom footwear fitted with orthotics are the best shoes for bunions in that they slow the growth of the bunion, as well as tackle the foot’s innate biomechanical issues. There are also several stretching exercises which one could use to minimize the tension on the joint that has formed a bunion. But if all of the previous methods fail to address the bunion, a surgical intervention might eventually be needed.

Bunionectomy is performed to alleviate the pain as well as correct the deformity of a bunion. It is a fairly simple and less invasive procedure under local anesthesia, which will let you go home after the procedure is finished. But the healing process is fairly long and may take about six months, most of them with your foot in a cast, before your feet can function normally.

Why are bunion treatments important?

Besides the bunion sufferers decreased productivity in his daily living, probably owing to more downtime taking care and treating his bunions, the quality of life of a person with bunion also suffers. He can’t very well do even the simplest things because of his inability to use his feet, and his general health also goes with it. His inability to walk or run makes him use his car more often, he can’t always go out and do things, so he is generally at home watching television or in front of the computer while lounging at his air-conditioned room. His carbon footprint really jumps to a new high because of his bunions, and is contributing to the general pollution and energy drain that we men are won’t to do. And we all know that even one man’s high carbon footprint really affects us all in the scheme of things. So go out and treat your bunions and you might help save the earth while doing it.

Published: October 1, 2013