Bracing for Winter With Bunions

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Are you worried about the cold winter season ahead? You aren’t alone! During the cold winter season, many pre-existing foot and ankle issues can worsen due to the drop in temperature. In addition to this, the weather itself makes foot and ankle injuries all the more common. Out of all the different types of foot and ankle conditions you could develop, bunions are arguably one of the most painful during the winter season.

Winter weather shoes tend to be more constricting and less flexible, which can put a lot of pressure on the tender bony growth of a bunion. Here are some other things to keep in mind when bracing for winter when you have bunions: 

  • Resting frequently and putting your feet up above your heart can help deter the onset of fatigue you may feel due to your bunion. When your feet are above your heart, this prevents pooling of blood in your feet and can help reduce swelling. Try to stay off your feet when possible to make life a little easier on them! 

  • Ask your foot doctor about NSAIDs. While NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are not for everyone, they might be a great option in your individual case. Some over-the-counter NSAIDs may not be strong enough, so if you use something store-bought and find you’re still in considerable discomfort, bring it up with your podiatrist. 

  • Keep your feet warm! The cold weather can be unforgiving to inflamed bunions and make the bony growth have pulsating, aching pain. Try switching to socks with a warmer material, like wool or fleece, to keep your feet warmer and more comfortable.  

  • Our best tip when bracing for the winter season with bunions is to be quick to schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Michele Kurlanski when any problems arise. Lighthouse Foot and Ankle Center offers top podiatric care and even has an in-office foot store for all of your foot problems! Call us today at (207) 774-0028 to schedule an appointment with us in Scarborough, Maine.