Bunions are painful foot deformities that occur when the joint on the big toe sticks out from the foot, states the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The deformity can be worsened by wearing shoes that fit poorly or squeeze the toes too tightly. Bunions affect about 55 percent of women in the U.S. Though sometimes surgery is required to correct the foot deformity and get rid of the bunion, you can often avoid surgery with a few simple steps to take better care of your feet. Step 1 Many people know the term 'bunion' and that it occurs on a foot, but don't know exactly what a bunion is. Does that mean Crocs are bad? Nope. It just means they are soft and don't last real long. I will however, say that if you are on the wards, walking fast all day, they are worse than if you are mostly standing (like in the .R.). If you have any foot or ankle instability, such as flatfeet, bunions or tendinitis, you are at risk of aggravating those problems. If you have high arches you are safe. You may want to check with your health care provider and see what the cost of removing a bunion is. You may not even know what a bunion is, do you? Fit Flops are a great option too for bunion sufferers. Many people have reported on how comfortable they feel and how they take the stress off that vulnerable toe area. There are also specially designed hiking shoes that will accommodate your bunion as well as every day wear. They may cost a little more but for comfort's sake they are well worth it. Bath salts (particularly Epsom Salts) may also be used every time you clean your foot. It's relaxing and relieves pain substantially. In addition, you can also use oil massage to lessen both the pain and size of the bunion But like cold compresses, the relief is temporary. Both heel pain and heel spurs are frequently associated with an inflammation of the band of fibrous connective tissue (fascia) running along the bottom (plantar surface) of the foot, from the heel to the ball of the foot. The inflammation is called plantar fasciitis. It is common among athletes who run and jump a lot, and it can be quite painful. Often the first step in a treatment plan, padding the bunion minimizes pain and allows the patient to continue a normal, active life. Taping helps keep the foot in a normal position, thus reducing stress and pain. While completing his internship and residency programs at University of Miami’s Jackson Health System, Dr. Woods provided world class treatment for a variety of South Florida patients – including University of Miami Hurricanes athletes. I’m at a loss of words. I’m not sure how official this retirement is as it’s hard to take anything Artest says at face value. His dad did say he would retire if amnestied , so this makes sense. But now you know that The Athlete Formerly Known As Ron Artest says he’s retiring because he has a talking, ugly-faced, painful bunion. Do with that information what you will. Your legs take a beating each day while you complete daily tasks or activities you enjoy. As a result, you may experience aches and pains from time to time. Pain in your big toe and hamstrings are no exception when it comes to leg pain. Ill-fitting shoes, medical conditions, injury and overuse can all lead to pain in your big toes or tightness in your hamstrings. If you experience pain or tightness, you should always consult your doctor for diagnoses and treatment. Turf Toe Before you try any of the remedies discussed here, consult your own doctor for the treatments that will be best for your unique situation. The common bunion is a localized area of enlargement of the inner portion of the joint at the base of the big toe. The enlargement actually represents additional bone formation, often in combination with a misalignment of the big toe. The normal position of the big toe (straight forward) becomes outward-directed toward the smaller toes. The enlarged joint at the base of the big toe (the first metatarsophalangeal joint) can become inflamed with redness, tenderness, and pain A small fluid-filled sac (bursa) adjacent to the joint can also become inflamed (bursitis) leading to additional swelling, redness, and pain If an athlete, then a practical measure is to make a slit in the shoe in the bunion area to allow for extra room and thus alleviate pressure. If you overpronate, consider trying a commercial arch support to help take some of the weight off the bunion Try as well, placing a pad over the bunion to reduce friction. Be careful not to add thickness, as this will just add more pressure. So, cut a hole in the middle of the pad where the bunion protrudes. The surrounding area is now built up a bit and hopefully some pressure is taken off the bunion But heredity isn't completely to blame; shoe choice plays a considerable role. Narrow or poorly fitting shoes , like high heels, can exacerbate bunions by pushing toes into an abnormal position and putting pressure on toe joints. "That's why women seek treatment for bunions far more frequently than men, even though both genders develop the deformity. Shoes won't cause a bunion, but they can speed up the progress and make it worse," says Dr. Chattler. Simple solutions? Although surgery will relieve bunion pain, bunions can grow back, especially if you continue to wear ill-fitting shoes. So choose the right footwear to stay pain free.