Bunions (Hallux valgus) can cause inflammation in the joint and surrounding tissue. Inflammation can be caused by a number of factors such as wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes, overuse, or an underlying medical condition such as arthritis.
Symptoms of bunion inflammation include:
- Pain, especially when wearing tight shoes or standing for long periods of time
- Swelling and redness around the bunion
- Stiffness in the big toe joint
- Difficulty walking or standing
Treatment options for bunion inflammation include:
- Resting and elevating the affected foot
- Applying ice or a cold pack to the bunion to reduce inflammation
- Taking over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help reduce pain and inflammation
- Wearing shoes that have a wide toe box and a low heel to reduce pressure on the bunion
- Using bunion pads or orthotics to help redistribute weight and pressure on the foot
If the inflammation persists, it's recommended to consult with a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon for proper diagnosis and treatment. They may recommend physical therapy or even surgery if the bunion is causing severe pain, difficulty walking, or significant deformity.