Managing Bunion Pain


A bunion is a bony protrusion that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. This is a common condition affecting all ages. The main concern of bunions is they can be quite painful. Initially, bunions are asymptomatic, but as the bump get larger, the pain progresses.

The best way to treat bunions and its associated pain is thru surgery. A new type of bunion surgery called minimally invasive or no scar bunion surgery involves very little pain and swelling and has a very impressive recovery time of about 1 to 3 days.



 

But if you’re not into surgery yet and you want or are looking for ways to manage pain, below are some tips:

1.       The RICE method – This technique involves: Rest - Resting your feet to allow the pain and swelling to subside. Ice - cold compress helps for a quick pain relief. Compress – wrapping the affected foot with an elastic bandage can help minimize movement and control swelling. Elevate – raising your foot above your heart can relieve swelling and pain.

2.       The use of orthotics, arch support or bunion pads made specifically made for your foot. When you walk or run, these supports can help redistribute your weight. Visiting a podiatrist can help you choose the right supports for your foot.

3.       Chose the right shoes. Do not wear 2 inch heels or more and make sure to use shoes with deep toe boxes. Visiting a podiatrist can also help you with choosing the right shoe.

4.       Foot exercises like toe stretching, toe flexing and contracting, resistance exercises and towel curls can help strengthen the muscles of the foot, particularly the muscles involving the big toe.

5.       Medication:  non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen can reduce foot pain. Make sure to use these medications when the above suggestions no longer provide relief.

Bunions can be painfully irritating and can make your foot unsightly, especially in its advanced stages, but if you’re not ready for surgery, the above tips can help a lot to ease your pain.






 

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