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randibear
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I have a large bunion near my big toe on my left foot. It gets dark red and nasty looking and hurts. Can't even wear my good new balance shoes. Only open toe sandals

How do you treat these? My sister had surgery but it didn't help

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I have hereditary bunions. They do hurt to some extent, but the following has been helpful for me (except I haven't tried the boswellic acid):

Epsom salt foot soaks
Boswellic acid or Bromelain for the inflammation
Nettles for the pain

Arch supports (custom is best) in the shoes
Good supportive shoes (vs. bare feet or flip-flops)
Don't wear heels over 1"

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I've got a duzie on each foot. They hurt terribly when they were forming many years ago. Custom orthotics may be of help and reducing the inflammation. Reducing the inflammation is the key I think.

BUT I'm still left with the deformity which governs the shoes I can wear.....I need a broad toe box or sandals. I also have a brand new pair of New Balance which I can't wear. Wearing those shoes puts me back in severe pain.

I'm thinking of surgery as the second toe overlaps the big toe now on both feet.

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Are bunions lyme related? Or Parasite related?

My daughter has had bunions since she was a little girl.

Just curious if this is something I passed on to her with my Lyme.

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Three main causes (but there can be others, too):

1) genetics (through no one's fault);

2) history of wearing ill fitting shoes (including all heels - even short heels are not good for any feet).

3) stress impact injuries over time (heels &/or jumping on the balls of the feet).

- though ANY medical condition that involve systemic inflammation - and inflammation that can attack joints - can also impact bunions.

And lyme can attach any joint.

SOTA LIGHTWORKS - may help with infrared light to help circulation and ease swelling.

Few sandals offer the proper support and MOST sandals can actually worsen bunions. There are a few orthopedic sandal styles (and some are very good looking).

If the foot does not have excellent support - excellent - bunions can get worse fast. The softer the shoe, the more bendable, the worse support.

You might try Birkenstocks. Seriously, they are getting prettier without compromising integrity for good food support.

However, since they tend to tilt the heel back just a bit, I find it's best to rotate with my Dansko clogs.

A PODIATRIST, though, should be consulted. Take in 3-4 of your favorite shoes for their approval. They need to SEE you walk in them.

Ask what shoes THEY recommend for YOUR foot - for dressy, casual and exercise.

Custom made orthotics may be in order. They have saved my feet. These need to be custom designed for your feet alone. No store orthotic can come close - none.

And they need to be designed by a doctor with many years of specialized training just on the feet. There is so much to consider.

My experience with podiatrists has been far superior to any other doctor. Podiatrists are the most well trained regarding feet.
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Shoe+stretcher, bunion+knob

If the shoe is of leather, that is best. You can put just a very tiny bit of lotion inside the shoe and then - inside an old sock - a shoe stretcher with a bunion knob.

Will not work well on made made uppers. Leather is best, anyway, for the natural give.
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Orthotics made by a foot doctor have solved my bunion problems. The orthotics tilt my feet out, and I notice the other toes are then bearing a lot of my body weight. That got rid of the pressure on the bunion and the inflammation went away. I am happy!

I had the orthotics made to fit in my favorite shoe. I wear that shoe all winter. Now, I am just wearing a regular summer sandal and all is still well.

Foot doctor told me of a store that will put your orthotics into their shoes, so you can wear sandals and other shoes with the orthotic in them. Their shoes have removable foot beds.

Here is the site:

http://www.naot.com/cgi-bin/view.pl?action=show_all&CAT=WmnFootbeds

I have never tried their shoes.

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SOME KUMFS designs are very good, too. My podiatrist told me about Kumfs. Never heard of them before. Another reason to consult a food doctor: they will know of manufacturers that are not main-stream.

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http://www.orthaheelusa.com/

ORTHAHEEL

Sandals with built-in orthodics.

http://www.orthaheelusa.com/why-orthaheel

Why Orthaheel? Podiatrist designed, etc.

Clinical research supports Orthaheel's success in restoring the foot's natural (neutral) alignment, enabling the feet, ankles and legs to dynamically function as they were intended.

http://www.zappos.com/search/brand/3109/filter/productTypeFacet/%22Shoes%22/sort/recentSales/desc?gclid=CKnLqMeB0bACFQQJRQodzG-OVg

ORTHAHEEL selections at Zappos

- free UPS shipping both ways and you usually get them the very next day.

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Sometimes, a wider shoe is needed. Some "Wide shoe" stores are out there and many are staffed by a certified foot specialist of some type. Be sure they are medically trained, not just company trained.

The staff here, at their stores in my city, are excellent. They do not sell junk and will not let you walk out with a shoe they think might hurt your feet.

http://www.jayswideshoes.com/

Jay's Wide Shoes
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I had one on my big toe also. I had it removed and got along fine. It is the best thing I did. No pain now at all.
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http://www.birkenstockusa.com/products/women/sandals

Birkenstock Womens Sandals


http://www.birkenstockusa.com/products/women/clogs

Clogs - I've had this style for about a dozen years. This brand is intended to last forever.


http://www.birkenstockusa.com/help/counterfeit-birkenstock

How to Avoid Counterfeit Birkenstock Footwear
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Carol in PA
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Have any of you tried toe stretchers or yoga toes?

I've read reviews for them at Amazon.com but have not tried them.

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Carol,

Those look like they would feel so good. Never heard of them before. Thanks for mentioning.

I love the reviews at Amazon.
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I have a friend who swears by the Orthaheel sandals.

www.footsmart.com

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I have to say that I had sudden nasty pain with my bunion. I had the surgery and it took 6 weeks to heal, basically broken bone type healing. I'm so happy I did it. No pain now unless I wear stupid shoes that are too high in the heel or too tight. I wear a lot of clogs and open shoes, but the no pain part is all that counts. Good luck.
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My bunion pain went away when I gave up nightshade foods such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. I eat these and it comes back.
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