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Skiing With Bunions

Tuesday, 07 February 2023 00:00

Bunions are a particular foot affliction that can alter the shape of the feet. Specifically, this condition makes it so a bony bump or protrusion develops on the side of the big toe (or, less commonly, the pinky toe). Sometimes, individuals living with bunions have a more difficult time engaging in physical activity due to the condition. Some patients are interested to know whether or not they can still ski even if they develop bunions. If the bunions are a source of pain, then squeezing them into a tight pair of ski boots might not always be an advisable option. This is compounded by the fact that skiing, especially downhill, can exert pressure on the toes. If you are someone that likes skiing and are currently struggling with bunions, contact a podiatrist to schedule an appointment today. 

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Howard Waxman, DPM of Pleasant Valley Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Willoughby Hills and Broadview Heights, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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