Bunions are painful foot deformities that occur when the joint on the big toe sticks out from the foot, states the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The deformity can be worsened by wearing shoes that fit poorly or squeeze the toes too tightly. Bunions affect about 55 percent of women in the U.S. Though sometimes surgery is required to correct the foot deformity and get rid of the bunion, you can often avoid surgery with a few simple steps to take better care of your feet. Step 1 Many people know the term 'bunion' and that it occurs on a foot, but don't know exactly what a bunion is. Today, studies have shown that this herb is very effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis pain and inflammation. In fact, in blind tests, stinging nettle has been found to be just as effective as other commercial pain relievers, without dangerous side effects. As with any medications, herbal or commercial, you should consult a physician before trying them to prevent adverse drug interactions. Though non-surgical treatments are successful but there are instances when the problem cannot be cured with these methods. As a result, doctors take help of surgical methods to provide relief from Charcot foot. Charcot foot and Bunion surgery should be performed only by certified and experienced surgeons. An informative way to understand hammer toes is to view them as a vertical bunions (up & down vs. sideways). Both are caused by improper and constant pressure without counterbalancing stretch and exercise program. The pressure results in permanent muscle imbalances in the toe. If muscle balance in your toes is disrupted, your ability to skillfully and safely balance your body is disrupted. Instead of pushing the toe sideways toward the center of the foot as with a bunion, hammer toe pressure is pushing the toe backwards, toward the ball of the foot. I am as of today at day 11 after the surgery and I am getting around pretty well, inside of my home anyway. I have an appointment with my doctor 4 days from now (exactly 2 weeks after the surgery) to have my stitches removed and to get the dressing changed. If all goes well I am scheduled to return to work on the following Monday, as I am out on 14 days paid disability leave until then. That will be the next test – getting around at work. Pad the insides of shoes with moleskin or foam rubber cut into a doughnut shape (the hole is for the bunion). The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. This area of tendon is the most common to injure due to the least blood supply. This area is also referred to as the watershed and is located several centimeters above the heel bone. The Achilles tendon is used to point the toes and push off the ground and is used with every step. Bunion symptoms could vary from mild to severe. It may include an irritated skin around the bunion, pain when walking, joint redness and pain, and a possible shift of the big toe toward the other toes. Blisters may develop easily around the bunion as well. But heredity isn't completely to blame; shoe choice plays a considerable role. Narrow or poorly fitting shoes , like high heels, can exacerbate bunions by pushing toes into an abnormal position and putting pressure on toe joints. "That's why women seek treatment for bunions far more frequently than men, even though both genders develop the deformity. Shoes won't cause a bunion, but they can speed up the progress and make it worse," says Dr. Chattler. Simple solutions? Although surgery will relieve bunion pain, bunions can grow back, especially if you continue to wear ill-fitting shoes. So choose the right footwear to stay pain free.