6 Ways to Ease Bunion Pain

A bunion is a bump located at the base of the big toe. The bump is actually the head of the first metatarsal bone protruding outwards. Bunions occur due to weakness of the structures of the foot. If the bump occurs on the joint of the fifth toe, this condition is called tailors bunion.

Most cases of bunions do not cause any pain, but if they do, pain could be mild to severe. Pain is the main reason why patients seek medical attention for bunions. If you suddenly have an acute bout of bunion pain, below are some ways to alleviate your bunion woes, before visiting your doctor.

1.       Pain Relievers. NSAIDs or Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, mefenamic acid or ibuprofen not only reduce the pain, these medications can help reduce the swelling of the bunion.

2.       Place a moleskin or gel-filled pad to protect the bunion. These products are easily available from the drug store.

3.       Rest. Allowing the affected foot to rest will prevent further irritation to the bunion; hence, decreasing pain and swelling.

4.       Ice.  Anyone with an aching bunion should try the soothing action of a nice cold foot soak.  Just fill a basin with water and ice, and that’s it, now dip your feet in and feel the pain go away. 


5.       Compress. Carefully wrapping the bunion with an elastic bandage can help immobilize the foot, which can prevent irritation and faster healing.

6.       Elevate. Elevating the affected foot above the heart can prevent pooling of bodily fluids to the foot, especially if it is irritated and swelling. This technique can also reduce the pain.

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