No one can blame you for wanting to get rid of your bunion without undergoing surgery. As long as your podiatrist agrees that surgery is not required, there are a number of non-surgical options available to treat this foot condition. Orthopedic specialists generally suggest one of five strategies, or a combination of them.
Your first line of defense against pain and irritation is to wear shoes that fit well. The last thing you want is for your toes to be crammed together, putting additional pressure on the joint where the bunion is located. Purchase wide-toed shoes to give your toes room to breath. Also, avoid wearing high-heeled shoes too often since the incline places undue pressure on the joints and can further deform your toes.
There are a number of inserts recommended by orthopedic specialists. The inserts are designed to relieve pressure on the joints by evenly distributing your weight across the entire foot. Try a cheaper, non-prescriptive insert first. If those do not work, talk to your podiatrist about having a pair made specifically for you.
Similar to inserts, bunion pads are made to reduce pressure from your shoe. They can even be worn while you sleep to keep your bed linens from rubbing and irritating the bunion at night. This is a very cheap and effective treatment. Just be sure to replace the pads when they get worn since they will no longer be as effective.
A classic! Icing the affected area relieves pain and reduces inflammation. Always use a barrier between yourself and the ice, such as a plastic bag or cloth, to avoid tissue damage. Continuously apply for at least 15 minutes for maximum effectiveness.
Anti-inflammatory medicine also treats pain and redness. Over-the-counter medication is usually enough for most people. Of course, you can always consult your podiatrist for a prescription if more serious medicine is required.
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