You may not be able to actually prevent a bunionette—the condition often develops as the result of inherited foot structure—but you can keep one from becoming more severe. The first step in doing so is to not wear tight shoes with pointy tips that force your toes inward. Instead, choose models featuring deep, wide toe boxes. When you are trying on shoes at the store, make sure you are able to wiggle your toes in them. If you cannot, pick a different shoe. Also, keep in mind that high-heeled shoes place extra pressure on the front of the foot. This can lead to a greater deformity, or contribute to the ongoing irritation of the bunionette.
To help ensure that you are able to find shoes that fit properly all day long, go shoe shopping in the late afternoon or early evening. The reason for this is that feet swell during the course of the day. This means a pair that is comfortable first thing in the morning can be rather tight by the afternoon.
In addition to your footwear choices, your particular gait and/or foot structure may contribute to the worsening of a bunionette. When this is the case, you will likely benefit from a pair of custom orthotics. Our foot specialists can analyze your gait and measure your foot to customize orthotic devices for your unique feet.
When you need professional care for a problem bunionette, McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group is here for you! We will work to find an appropriate treatment to ease your pain and discomfort. For more information on this topic or additional foot care services we provide at our Carmichael, CA office, give us a call at 916-961-3434, or use our online form to contact us today!