DIY Management of Bunion Pain


A bunion can be extremely painful. This typically appears as a swollen protuberance at the joint which connects the big toe to the foot.

Bunions are more commonly seen in women. Genetics is also said to play a role in bunion formation in around 40 percent of cases.

Here are DIY tips on how to manage bunion pain at home.

First, you should be sure that you only wear proper fitting shoes. Choose footwear with a wide toe box, with enough room for your toes. There should also be sufficient space between the end of the shoe and the tip of your longest toe.

Wearing sandals or flip flops instead of closed shoes may also help ease bunion pain. Leave the bunion area exposed to prevent friction or chafing.

 Applying an ice pack on the bunion area can help reduce swelling. Do this two to three times a day if it becomes very painful or inflamed.

Using pads placed inside the shoes is a very helpful home remedy for bunions. You can also cut a foam rubber into a circular or doughnut shape, where the hole is for the bunion. Foot pads help to distribute weight evenly and take pressure off the big toe.

Activities that put too much pressure on the foot should be avoided.

Avoid wearing shoes that are higher than 2 inches. Keep away from shoes with high heels or pointed toes.

To relieve pain, take ibuprofen or acetaminophen or any over the counter non steroidal anti inflammatory medication. Follow the recommended dose.

To help reduce inflammation, you can elevate the feet.

If the home remedies fail to provide adequate relief from bunion pain, then bunionectomy is the only option. The good news is that there is an alternative to traditional bunionectomy, which is the advanced no scar bunion surgery. You can find out more about this innovative procedure at

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