♫♫Oh yes it's true, some people have The Bunions and Bursitis Blues!♫♫
Alright so maybe we don't have a Top Ten Hit on our hands but for a lot of people, Bunions and Bursitis pain is nothing to sing about. They're both extremely painful and can have a decidedly negative affect on your activities of daily living.
Bunions - Bony protrusions that form on the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions occur when the big toe is repeatedly pushed against the other toes. This causes the joint to turn creating an abnormal bump to form as well as bothersome pain. Bunionettes (smaller bunions) have been known to form on the joints of the little toes. Often bunions form as a result of wearing “too” tight shoes that cause crowding of the toes. They may also be a result of a medical condition (arthritis), heredity, congenital deformities, foot injuries or jobs that cause added stress to the feet.
There are many treatments available for bunions such as R.I.C.E. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation but also Orthotics, Medications and Surgical options.
Bursitis - Inflammation of the Bursae. The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that act as a cushion between the bones, tendons, joints and muscles. Bursitis is a painful condition that can affect the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle, heel or base of the big toe. Bursitis may be caused by repetitive motions, extensive overwork, prolonged sitting or standing, arthritis, gout or infection.
Treatments available for bursitis are R.I.C.E. but also Medications, Injections, Padding, Assistive Devices (Canes, Crutches), as well as Surgery.
Many people choose to self-treat both bunions and bursitis but if you are experiencing frequent or extended flare-ups, you should see a doctor for further treatment.
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