Bunion, ingrown toenails and athlete’s foot are annoying and embarrassing. It’s hard to show off those pretty sandals when you are struggling with foot pain. Here are just some ways to get relief from common foot problems so that you can wear your shoes with confidence. Be pain free and show off those pretty feet. A Bunion is a bony bump at the base of the big toe, a bunion causes that toe to deviate toward others. It throws the foot bones out of alignment and produces the characteristic bump at the joint’s base. Bunions can be very painful caused by the pressure of arthritis, and may lead to corns. Wear sandals in the house because it is much gentler and kinder on the feet, and also relaxes the big toe significantly. The toe will get more air and take the pressure off the bunion. If you prefer, you can walk around the house barefoot which can make the healing process speed up. The gel from an aloe vera plant can be used to reduce the redness and pain of a bunion. Apply the gel twice a day to notice the results. Aloe vera gel is available in many drug stores or you can grow your own plants in the home. In other situations, the first metatarsal is cut at the near end of the bone (proximal osteotomy). The bone is realigned and held in place with metal pins or screws until it heals. Again, this reduces the angle between the first and second metatarsal bones. Symptoms may include pain and soreness over the bump, redness from rubbing against the shoe, a burning sensation or possibly numbness. Other conditions which may appear with bunions include calluses on the big toe, sores between the toes, ingrown toenail, and restricted motion of the toe. Ingrown toenail is when the nail has grown in the skin causing pain, swelling, redness and infection. Cutting the nails too short or not straight across, injury to the toenail, and wearing tight shoes are culprits. If your case is mild, soak foot in warm water, keep it clean, and wedge a small piece of cotton under the corner of the ingrown nail and lift off the skin. Minor surgery remove all or part of the nail. ICD-9-CM 735.1 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim. " width="12" height="12" src="/images/right.png" alt="" /> A bunion may cause someone little or even no problem at all, and in such a case there will be no need for treatment to be given. However, it is likely that a bunion will get worse over time, so it is always a good idea to seek medical advice when a bunion starts to develop. While these measures may alleviate the pain, the only way to actually correct a bunion is with surgery. There are different types of procedure available, with the most common method being an osteotomy. This involves a surgeon cutting and removing the bony prominence before realigning the bones. Can anyone wear a "Fit Flop"? Caution should be taken in picking any shoe. Foot type is important to evaluate. Many people with significant flexible flat feet or unstable foot type should not wear the "Fit Flop" because the destabilizing technology can actually accentuate the stress on their foot. If you require in-shoe foot orthotics, the "Fit Flop" is probably not for you. Dr Marybeth Crane is a sports medicine podiatrist and has been interviewed extensively in the last five years on the nature of flip-flop injuries. For more information on foot-related topics, visit my website at www.faant.com or my running specific website www.myrundoc.com If you have ever had experienced bunions, you know how painful they can be. After all, you can't expect the unusual enlargement of a joint at the bottom of the big toe to feel like a walk in the park. Inflammation is the cause of the condition and typically pressure and pain from footwear that fits poorly is a result of the condition. While people often attribute the footwear itself as the cause of the pain and the need for bunion splints, many experts believe that one's genes are actually the cause of the condition. There are a lot more to consider but I will not bore you, yet, with other thoughts on this common and problematic condition. If you have some queries of your own put them in the comments and I will come back to you. Relief for bunion pain can be attained by wearing wide fitting shoes, wherein the leather upper will allow a stretch. One should avoid wearing high-heeled shoes. Soft shoes will make your toe feel better and will relieve you off continual pain. Moreover, special shoes are also made to relieve pain associated with bunions.