Originally from the East Anglican word "bunny," the word "bunion" means "swelling." Also called "hallux valgus," it describes a protrusion at the base of the big toe. Bunions are nine to ten times more frequent in women than in men. Because our big toe joint helps to bear and distribute weight during most activities, it is important to know how to slow bunion development, control the pain, and decide when to opt for surgery. Hammer Toe - A tightening of ligaments and tendons causing the toe joints to buckle, forcing the toe upward and leading to shoe abrasion, inflammation, bursitis, corns and calluses. The concern with surgically correcting a non-painful bunion is that the surgery can result in longstanding post-operative pain that may not have been there prior. However, people do have surgery for non-painful bunions if the bunion interferes with activity, continues to become larger, or if they have difficulty wearing certain shoes and/or if the bunion is simply unsightly. Surgeons strongly prefer (or require) that patients have a painful bunion before they consider surgery. Fortunately, pain is the most common reason people seek treatment. The study participants then were asked additional questions about their mental and physical health, pain intensity, concerns with personal appearance, and socioeconomic status and education level. Recently, I have been experiencing pain as a result of the deformity in my forefeet. I began to develop bunions at around the age of fifteen and these have got progressively worse over the past fifteen years. In addition to this, my other toes have 'dropped'. I believe a more medically correct term is 'dropped metatarsal' and it means that the toe joint drops down so that it protrudes into the ball of the foot and you end up walking on it. This also leads to a build up of hard skin which adds to the pain. Shoes can be painful to wear and walking barefoot was extremely sore. Aubrey and I had a lot of fun today playing and watching Lilo & Stitch! Seriously, I have the happiest, most FUN, silly, smiley, outgoing, cuddly, most incredible baby girl in the world. I could go on and on and on about how blessed I am to have her. We laugh so much everyday and it's the best. That in itself is therapy and helps me to get through this recovery day by day. Got my antibiotics, foot hurts and is swollen. As you can see it is ginormous compared to my other one. Hoping tomorrow's appointment sheds some light on what happened and what is going to happen next. There is no effective treatment to reverse the loss of protective sensation in the person with neuropathy once it has developed. But tight sugar control has been shown to reduce the risk of developing neuropathy in the first place. There are several treatments that may be used to try to reduce the discomfort associated with neuropathic pain but they are often ineffective. Mild neuropathic pain sometimes responds to capsacin cream applied 4 times daily. Sometimes Elavil is effective. Electrical stimulators have also been used to try to reduce neuropathic pain. Poorly fitting shoes can contribute to the development of bunions. Bunions are rare in populations that do not wear shoes. The changes in the diabetic foot is so gradual that many diabetics are unaware of the extent of deterioration and become upset when such a “little thing like a corn” can result in amputation. Although most diabetics are aware of the risk of foot infection and amputation, very few understand the whys and hows and what needs to be done to prevent this disaster. When the patients are well-educated about diabetic foot problems, their feet can be maintained despite extensive neuropathy and circulation problems. Ill-fitting shoes – People (particularly women) who wear shoes that are too tight, too narrow, or too pointed are at risk for bunion formation. Corns are actually calluses that develop on the feet due to pressure or increased friction from wearing shoes. The skin thickens in response to this friction as a defensive mechanism, but this buildup of hardened skin can become painful. Corns often occur on the outside of the small toe where it rubs against a shoe. However, it can also occur on the top or even in between the toes. Identify the Cause When other measures do not bring full relief, a doctor may choose to trim the corn with a scalpel. An antibiotic ointment may be used to prevent infection and the toe padded as it heals. Salicylic Acid Metatarsalgia refers to pain at the ball of the foot, at the head of one or more metatarsal bones. It is basically a bruise of the bone or an inflammation of the soft tissue around the joint between a metatarsal and a toe bone( a metatarsophalangeal joint). This often occurs as a result of overuse, excessive walking or running without adequate cushioning beneath the bones at the ball of the foot. This occurs commonly in people with a high arched, rigid foot, especially if the normal fat pad at the ball of the foot has become thin (atrophied). Metatarsalgia may be easily confused with stress fractures or neuromas.