Diagnosis for both is usually by x-ray, CT (high powered x-ray) or bone scan. MRI is also used to differentiate one from the other. In both cases, treatment consists of rest for up to 12 weeks. Ice massage, NSAIDS and compression or support hose also help to reduce symptoms. Once the symptoms are resolved, it is extremely important to correct the faulty biomechanics which caused the condition to occur; otherwise, symptoms will return. Unlike many doctors, whose common surgical techniques lead to post-operative pain and long recovery times, Dr. Moy's surgeries are documented to be virtually pain free in 97% of cases. Badly shaped shoes can act as a catalyst to the problem with the bunions getting worse by the use of shoes that clump the front of the foot. The symptoms can range from pain, inflammation, soreness to even numbness and burning sensation. The problem can be aggravated when it is accompanied with calluses and foot sores. As a form of treatment most people try to avoid the surgical procedure, but worse condition can demand you to sleep on the operation table. So it is better to take the preventive measures before things get out of hand. Apply a topical analgesic. There are a variety of topical pain relief gels and creams available at stores and online. Many of these products contain menthol or similar ingredients that cause a cooling sensation. Some products contain capsaicin, a compound derived from chili peppers that temporarily blocks pain signals to areas where it is applied. One popular product with capsaicin is Zostrix ( compare prices ). To learn more about how Dr. Young and Dr. Nelson of the Issaquah Foot and Ankle Specialists are effectively treating foot and ankle disorders with the latest treatments and technology, visit For information about their highly effective heel pain and plantar fasciitis treatments visit There are many people especially women walking around with a bunion. A bunion is a big thick bump that is frequently located on the side of the big toe. I have a friend who has a bunion on her big toe. She tells me, "I've got a bunion! I hate my big bunion. It hurts and always seems to be in the way. I can't wear shoes comfortably and enjoy my life without the bunion bugging me!" Through genetics anyone can have a bunion however woman have it frequently because of the high heel shoes they wear. Your ill fitted shoes that does not have enough space for the toes can be the culprit. In that case, change of shoes can resolve the problem. Toes and feet are common sites of traumatic injury particularly because of falling of heavy objects on them. A traumatic injury can cause dislocation in the toe joint, fracture in the bone or swelling in the soft tissues. In all these conditions, the nerves in the area get irritated and gives a sharp pain along with a numb feeling. A serious injury can make walking or driving a painful experience. Here, the skin gets damaged by the extreme cold temperature.