Monday, August 3, 2009

GlitterBuzzStyle Women's Issues

Inside A Sexy Stiletto

So you picked the hottest shoe around and you feel fabulous. But there's one big problem that bunion that won't stop bothering you. It's so hard to keep up with the sex appeal especially us women. We love shoes and the higher the heel the better. Until that day comes when we are old and grey and a sexy stiletto is something we can only imagine.

I'm sure you have foot problems if you love your four inch heels or higher and if you don't have any don't worry it's coming. There's no need to stop wearing heels that's not the point of this article but we need to allow our feet to have a break once in awhile so we can feel comfortable.

Here are a few tips:

A bunion is an abnormal, bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. This big toe joint becomes enlarged, forcing the toe to crowd against your other toes. This puts pressure on your big toe joint, pushing it outward beyond the normal profile of your foot, and resulting in pain.
Bunions can occur for a number of reasons, but a common cause is wearing shoes that fit too tightly. Bunions can also develop as a result of an inherited structural defect, stress on your foot or a medical condition, such as arthritis.
Often, treatment involves conservative steps that may include changing your shoes, padding your bunion and wearing shoe inserts. Severe cases of bunions may require surgery.

Changing shoes. Wear roomy, comfortable shoes that provide plenty of space for your toes.
Padding and taping. Your doctor can help you tape and pad your foot in a normal position. This can reduce stress on the bunion and alleviate your pain.
Medications. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) can control the pain of a bunion. Your doctor may suggest nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) or naproxen (Aleve), for relieving pain and reducing inflammation. Cortisone injections also can be helpful.
Shoe inserts. Padded shoe inserts (orthotics) can help control abnormal movement of your foot, reducing your symptoms and preventing your bunion from getting worse. Over-the-counter arch supports can provide relief for some people, though others may require prescription orthotics.

Lifestyle and home remedies
These tips may provide relief from a bunion:
Apply a non medicated bunion pad around the bony bump.
If a bunion becomes inflamed or painful, apply an ice pack two to three times daily to help reduce swelling.
Wear shoes with a wide and deep toe box.
Avoid shoes with heels higher than 2 1/4 inches (5.7 centimeters).
See your doctor if pain persists.

To help prevent bunions, wear comfortable shoes that fit well:
Be sure your shoes don't cramp or irritate your toes.
Choose shoes with a wide toe box — there should be space between the tip of your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
Your shoes should conform to the shape of your feet without causing undue pressure.

Surgery isn't recommended unless a bunion causes you frequent pain or interferes with your daily activities. A bunionectomy — like other types of surgery — is not without risk. Additionally, you may still have pain or you could develop a new bunion in your big toe joint after surgery. Consider trying conservative treatment before having a bunionectomy.

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