Bunions aren’t the only sign that something may be amiss in your body’s alignment or overall health.

If you have any of these nine foot symptoms, be sure to get them checked out with your podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon. Thank you to HealthCentral.com for the original article.

1.  No hair on your feet or toes (who knew!): possible poor circulation

2.  A persistent sore on your foot: risk of diabetes

3.  Cold feet: potential thyroid issue or poor circulation

4.  Thick yellow toenails: fungus

5.  An enlarged big toe: gout

6.  Numbness in both feet: peripheral neuropathy (most common causes are diabetes and alcohol)

7.  Pitted toenails: psoriasis

8.  Shooting pain in the heel: plantar fasciitis

They left out one very important sign. BUNIONS

9.  Bunions: postural alignment and back problems

If bunions are your main concern and you’re considering surgery or worried about the recovery process, or you’re looking for the best bunion doctor, you can learn more by reading Bunion Survivor’s Guide to Successful Bunion Surgery and Recovery.

Take care and remember to take care of your feet.

 

*This site does not offer personal medical advice and is solely informational in nature.

 

I’ve been reviewing bunion splints to ensure that my toe doesn’t go east again as it’s appearing to do even after surgery. Scary! So I’m going to order the splint from the website in this link. I’ll keep you posted.

I met a woman last Sunday who asked me if I’d had my toes splinted right away because she didn’t and now 10 years later, her bunions aren’t back but both her big toes are still curving dramatically inward and she has a lot of pain. We compared feet and after seeing what she’s dealing with, I sure don’t want that. I don’t know if her shoes post surgery had anything to do with it, but I have only been wearing my wide toes tennis shoes, so it can’t be shoes causing the curving.

My doctor says that it may just be the natural curve of my foot but splinting could be an option to help keep it straighter. Could be? I’m not wasting time on this one. After watching my grandmother’s feet at 70 and 80, I sure don’t want to end up there in twenty years.

The big question is how quickly does the bone heal and if there’s a natural curve to the big toe, how much curve is natural and how much is the old bone going back to it’s old pattern because it’s not splinted?

I guess the only way to know on your own foot, is to try a bunion regulator or splint and gauge the outcome over time.

[Post surgery note: Bone heals in six weeks. Get that splint on early if you have a lot of curve in your toe.]

From FootSmart.com:

Slip on our nighttime Bunion Regulator before you go to bed and, while you sleep, tight tendons and toe muscles stretch. The plastic brace straps your toe in position, while soft foam soothes the tender area. Adjust the pad to provide the most protection, and secure in place with a hook-and-loop closure. Podiatrist-recommended for patients who don’t want painful, costly bunion surgery. Order by women’s/men’s shoe size and left or right foot above. Caution: Not recommended for those with diabetes or poor circulation.