A bunion is likely to develop if an individual wears tight-fitting shoes, high heels or shoes with pointy toes. If an individual was born with irregular foot bones, he/she is prone to develop a bunion.
It is important to note that a bunion forms as a bony lump at the region of the foot where it meets the big toe. Callused, reddened skin might cover the bunion but the distinctive feature is burning pain that becomes intense with pressure. Alleviating the pressure often stops the burning sensation.
Measures to control bunion pain
- Relieve the pain or discomfort of a bunion by using wide, comfortable shoes. Shoes with a wide-toe area is ideal in relieving the pressure from the bunion and provide adequate room for the toes to wiggle.
- Insert a protective padding amidst the shoe of the fabric and the bunion. It is important to note that bunion shields are built with a gel or foam insert over the big toe.
- Apply an ice pack on the bunion to relieve the burning sensation. Make sure that the ice pack is covered with a clean cloth or towel. Leave the pack in place for 15 minutes. Remove the pack for 5 minutes and repeat the process until relief is felt.
- Ease the discomfort with an anti-inflammatory medication. Adults and children 12 years and up are given ibuprofen.
A doctor should be consulted if the burning sensation linked with a bunion does not seem to settle or becomes intense. Oftentimes, surgery specifically bunionectomy is needed to realign the foot bones as well as get rid of the bony lump.