Pinky Toe Bunion
A pinky toe bunion can cause great discomfort while wearing shoes. The pinky toe bunion much like a bunion that forms on the side of the big toe, is caused from improper footwear.
However, doctors have proven that bunions can be inherited as well. Not all bunions have to be removed surgically. Podiatrist recommend a few solutions that you can do yourself to help prevent and ease pinky toe bunion pain.
Shoes – They look good on your feet but tight, narrow shoes gets the top spot for causes of bunions. Narrow shoes like heels cram the toes into a small area. By elevating the heel of your foot, they cause an uneven distribution of weight, which jams your toes together even more.
Wider is better – Most shoes that you see on the shelves at stores are all the same width. Many stores do stock wider shoes but they often just keep them in back because they don’t have too many.
Pads – Many podiatrist offer custom pads at their offices that can relieve the pressure on your bunion while wearing shoes. You may be able to find over the counter bunion pads at your local pharmacy as well.
Pinky toe bunions are often referred to as bunionettes. They are often confused with corns because of their similar resemblance. Corns form on the surface of the toes skin. The bunion is under the skin and feels like a hard knot, sticking out of your pinky toe bone.
Bunion Surgery – This may be the last thing on your mind but in severe bunion cases, your foot doctor may recommend a minor outpatient surgery to correct and realign your toe.
Many studies have proved that the chronic pain from a bunion, if left untreated, overtime can cause arthritis to develop.
Surgery as well as the other things that I have mentioned may fix the bunion on your pinky toe but the bunion can definitely come back. It is still up to you to take proper care of your feet.
Tip: The weather outside can also affect your bunion. In hot and cold weather, your foot expands and contracts by as much as 5% over the course of the day. This is just one example of why proper shoes are a must. Tight shoes will only get tighter around your bunion.
Many people fear the thought of having surgery on their foot, toe or any part of their body. Fear is a natural emotion but when you are faced with the possibility of having to walk with a cane, crutch or walker for the rest of your life, minor outpatient surgery starts to seem more appealing.
Since scientists are not able to grow new toes in a lab that they can offer, your main concern should be to walk without aid or difficulties. You receive numerous chances and opportunities in life but you only get two pinky toes to work with.