Tailor’s Bunion Treatment: What Is It?
The term “tailor’s bunion” refers to a painful condition where there are small bumps or protrusions (bunions) on the inside of your foot. These bunions may cause pain when walking, running, climbing stairs, etc. They can even result in blisters if they become infected.
What Causes Them?
It is not known what causes these protrusions. However, it is believed that they are caused due to overuse and repetitive stress injuries such as running, jumping from high places, lifting heavy objects, etc. Some experts believe that these bunions could be hereditary. Others say that they develop during puberty when the bones in your feet grow rapidly and do not stop growing until adulthood.
How Do I Get Rid Of Them?
There are several methods that can be used to remove them. One method involves using heat, which is effective but painful. Another method involves applying ice packs to the affected area. A third method involves using a special type of adhesive tape that can be applied directly onto the bunions. The adhesive tape helps to hold them in place while you walk around with your foot elevated above the ground so that they cannot move back into position. This last method is the best tailor’s bunion treatment. It should be carried out for about six to eight weeks as directed by your podiatrist.
How Do I Prevent Them?
There are several methods you can use to prevent these bony lumps from developing in the future. You can start by wearing proper fitting and supportive footwear that also absorbs shock when you run or exercise. You should also avoid running on hard surfaces whenever possible. You can use shock-absorbing insoles in your shoes, as these will cushion the impact and provide support for your feet. This will help to reduce your risk of developing a tailor’s bunion.
Once you have developed a tailor’s bunion it is best to speak to a podiatrist about tailor’s bunion treatment options that are available to you.
In addition, there are several things you can do at home in order to make the bunion less irritating and painful. You should soak your foot in warm, salted water two to three times per day. You can also apply a cold pack or ice wrapped in a towel to the affected area. Elevating your foot above the level of your heart whenever possible is also a good idea.
You can also apply over-the-counter painkillers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) to help relieve any pain or inflammation you may be experiencing.
Wearing molded orthotics can also help to reduce the impact of walking and running, and thus lower your risk of developing a tailor’s bunion.
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