• Bunion Pain Relief – What are My Options?

    by Dr. LaMour
    on Jan 28th, 2015

Bunions can be caused by a number of factors, but once you have a bunion, it’s almost certain that the painful condition will get worse over time, if left untreated. There are a variety of options for reducing or even eliminating the pain caused by bunions – some may be used alone or in conjunction with other options.

Bunion Pain Relief Option #1: Switch Shoes

Fashion is for a moment, but feet are forever. Instead of making your bunion pain worse by wearing narrow or high-heeled shoes, go for shoes with a wide toe box, low heel, and good arch support. You can also ask your local shoe shop to stretch your shoes in the place where they rub against your bunion.

Bunion Pain Relief Option #2: Change Activities

Unfortunately, toe pain may cause you to have to cut back on some of your favorite athletic activities. But that doesn’t mean you should give up exercising completely. Instead, try activities like swimming or bicycling which put less pressure on your foot than activities that require a lot of walking or running.

Bunion Pain Relief Option #3: Protective Cushions or Pads

Protective bunion pads, arch supports, or custom-made orthotics can be used to redistribute your weight when walking and relieve pressure on your big toe. Your podiatrist can help you select which kind of pad is right for you.

Bunion Pain Relief Option #4: Toe Spreaders

These simple devices attempt to relieve bunion pain by gently straightening or repositioning the big toe joint. Toe spreaders are foam or plastic inserts that create wedges of space between the big toe and the second toe or between all of the toes, so that the big toe is pushed outward. Some toe spreaders can be worn with regular shoes for extended periods of time, while others are for use without shoes.

Bunion Pain Relief Option #5: Braces or Splints (Toe Straighteners)

Toe straighteners generally consist of a splint with a pad that rests against the heel or supports the mid-foot. This pad is connected to an opening on the other end that holds the big toe in a normal position. The most effective braces or splints provide proper support to the two arches in the foot while pulling the big toe away from the second toe, and gently stretching the tendons and muscles.

 If your daily activities are being severely affected by your bunion pain, you may want to consider having bunion surgery. Bunion surgery usually involves an incision being made on the big toe and surgical realignment of the underlying structure of the toe. For a step-by-step explanation of what happens during bunion surgery, Read our previous article here.

Whether you choose to take a more conservative approach to managing your bunion pain, or you prefer a more involved option, make an appointment with us today to discuss what choice or combination of choices is right for you.

Original Source: http://www.drjefflamour.com/foot-diseases/bunion-pain-relief-what-are-my-options/

Author Dr. LaMour

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