Even though feet are like snowflakes, no two are the same; that lump or bump at the base of the your big toe and curling toes are getting painful. Surgery does not fit into your plans with all the demands on you right now. Maybe your busy schedule has you traveling where you pick up a magazine and notice the toe separator sock toting all the benefits of wearing this $20 sock that will straighten your hammertoes and bunion forever. Seriously?!
I want everyone who reads this to memorize this next sentence. I am here to make your feet better! If a $20 sock would alleviate bunions and hammertoes, don’t you think that everyone in the world would use these? I don’t want to take someone to surgery who can be fixed by wearing a sock to sleep. Let’s face the facts, bunions and hammertoes are deformities. There is an alignment problem with your bones. Stretching the muscles will not change how your bones are lining up.
Reviewing the options for hammertoes and bunions other than surgery:
- changing your shoe style to avoid pressure on the painful area
- padding your painful bunion or hammertoe so that it doesn’t rub on your shoe
- anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen to relieve pain as needed
That’s all the options. Notice that there is no splinting option because splinting doesn’t work. I really wish it did, but it doesn’t.
If you have painful bunions and hammertoes and want to get a real opinion what can be done, come to Desert Foot Surgeons. We fix feet!