They say that if you want change, it should first start with you. If you want to help make a difference in our environment, you could start it in your home. There are many basic things that you could do at home that can make a significant contribution to our environment. For instance, using natural cleaning agents such as baking soda and vinegar in cleaning instead of using toxic commercial products can help reduce air and water pollution in general. Recycling your garbage too, instead of throwing everything in the dump can help in reducing waste.
Each of us has something to offer for the preservation and protection of the environment as long as you are willing to work and put some effort. That is, unless you are suffering from certain conditions that affect your ability to do even some of the most basic tasks.
One of the conditions that seem to be negligible but can greatly affect your ability to even stand up is a bunion. If you have a bunion, it can be a challenge for you to do even some of the simplest tasks at home that require the use of your feet. Yet, many people are not aware of what causes bunions and how to prevent them. That is why many still suffer from this condition.
A bunion is a condition when a person has an enlarged joint at the base of the big toe. If it affects the smallest toe, it is called tailors bunion. Under this condition, the affected joint normally flexes with each movement, making it painful to walk.
Several factors can cause a bunion. One is hereditary factors such as having over pronation which puts much pressure on the toes. Among women, the primary cause of bunions is the use of high-heeled or pointed shoes. Fortunately, there are ways on how bunions can be prevented:
- Set an appointment with a podiatrist, a doctor who specializes in this condition, even if you don’t have any sign of bunion. Bunions and other foot problems that are inherent in your family can be prevented before a child turns 6 years old. If you are a parent and bunions run in your family, have your children checked by a podiatrist for some advice on how your children can prevent the same condition.
- Choose comfortable shoes that provide better foot support. Avoid wearing high heels and pointed shoes. Instead, wear shoes with lower heels, preferably less than two inches in height. Also opt for wedges as they provide better support for your feet than stilettos. Between pointed shoes and round-toe shoes, the latter is much better to use. Also when choosing shoes, be sure that they do not irritate or cramp your toes and that they have a wide toe box that conforms to your feet.
- Avoid too much rolling of your toes inward (pronation) when walking or running. Doing so may lead to the formation of bunions. If you have excessive pronation, your doctor may recommend using custom orthotic shoe inserts.
- If you are starting to develop a bunion, avoid activities that can cause more pressure on the feet. For instance, let us say that running is part of your exercise regime before experiencing a bunion. Once you start developing it, slowly reduce your running time and try switching to another exercise regime since running can speed up the development of bunions.
A bunion is definitely a serious matter especially if you want to make a good contribution for the environment. However, you can try the tips mentioned above to avoid this condition.