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7 Ways to Ease Bunion Pain
Do you have a painful bunion? A bunion forms when the bone or tissue at the joint at the bottom of the big toe moves out of place. Bunions can cause severe and constant pain. If you develop bunions, talk to your podiatrist. Treatment can relieve the pain and pressure of bunions. Utah Musculoskeletal Specialists, which is located in Salt Lake City, UT, offers treatments for bunions. Here are 5 ways to ease bunion pain.
1. Change Footwear: Avoid high heels. Wearing them will not only cause pain in the short term, but they will exacerbate the bunions long-term. Wear comfortable, roomy shoes that provide plenty of space for your toes. Shop at a store where the staff measures your foot and can fit you with appropriate shoes.
2. Padding & Taping: Treatment often begins with padding and taping the bunions. Your healthcare provider in Salt Lake City can help you tape your foot in a normal position. This can ease your pain and reduce stress on your bunions. Padding and taping also prevents bunions from getting worse.
3. Medications: Naproxen (Aleve), ibuprofen (Advil), and acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help you control the pain of bunions. If these over-the-counter medications don't solve your problem, your healthcare provider can prescribe prescription medication. Cortisone injections can also reduce the swelling and pain.
4. Orthotics: Custom orthotics are often prescribed to treat bunions. Orthotic devices can provide relief for bunion pain. Orthotics are padded shoe inserts that can help distribute pressure evenly when you walk, reducing your discomfort and preventing your bunions from getting worse.
5. Ice Therapy: Icing your bunions after you've been on your feet for a long time or if they become inflamed can help relieve pain and inflammation. Ice packs or cold packs can be applied to the foot for 10-15 minutes, several times a day, to control the pain and inflammation.
6. Stretches: Stretching exercises of the foot are sometimes prescribed to treat bunions. Stretching out your toes can help keep them limber and offset pain. Stretching exercises are only effective if the bunions are mild and have not yet deformed the underlying bones and joints.
7. Surgery: If conservative treatments do not provide relief from your pain, you might need bunion surgery. The surgery is called bunionectomy. The goal of surgery is to return the affected toe to its correct position. You may get it done in a surgery center or hospital. However, surgical treatment isn't recommended unless your bunions cause you frequent pain or interfere with your daily activities.
If you want a pain-free life, call Utah Musculoskeletal Specialists at (801) 532-1822 right now to schedule a consultation with one of our podiatrists in Salt Lake City, UT. Our bunion treatments can help you heal the pain and reclaim your life. We want you to live your best possible life!
A bunion is one of the most common foot deformities, often affecting the joint at the base of the big toe. Anyone can develop this painful condition but it most often occurs in women. A bunion affects the structure of the foot, causing the joint to become enlarged, which causes the big toe to lean inward towards the other toes. In some cases, the big toe even overlaps the toes. This deformed joint may often become red or swollen, especially when wearing certain shoes or after certain physical activities.
A bunion is a gradual deformity, which means that as soon as you begin to notice changes in the joint or you start to experience symptoms you should consult a podiatrist. While the only way to correct the deformity is through surgery this is usually the last treatment option. After all, a foot doctor can often create a treatment plan that will reduce pain and prevent the deformity from progressing without needing to turn to surgery.
The first course of treatment is usually more conservative. You may be able to manage your bunion pain and swelling by:
- Taking over-the-counter NSAIDs
- Icing the bunion for up to 15 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
- Placing orthotics into your shoes to alleviate pressure on the joint (talk to your podiatrist about creating custom orthotics)
- Splinting or taping the foot to improve the structural alignment
- Wearing appropriate and supportive footwear that doesn’t put pressure on the toes or bunion
- Applying a bunion pad over the area to prevent a callus from forming while wearing shoes
- Avoiding certain activities and sports that could exacerbate your condition
For many people, these lifestyle changes and simple at-home treatment options are all that’s needed to reduce bunion pain and discomfort, and to prevent the problem from getting worse. Of course, if you find that at-home care isn’t providing you with relief, or if bunion pain is persistent or severe, then you should turn to a podiatrist for an evaluation. Not sure if you have a bunion or not? Call your foot doctor.
When should someone consider bunion surgery?
As we mentioned earlier, bunion surgery is considered a last resort when all other treatment options have been exhausted and they haven’t helped get your bunion symptoms under control. You may also want to consider getting bunion surgery if:
- Your bunion is large and makes it difficult to wear shoes
- Your bunion pain is severe and chronic
- You have trouble walking or moving around because of your bunion
- Your bunion is affecting your quality of life
It can take up to 6 months to fully recover from traditional bunion surgery so it’s important to discuss all of your treatment options with your podiatrist to find the most effective method for getting your bunion symptoms under control.
What is a Bunion?
What Causes Bunions?
How a Podiatrist Can Help
Prevention is Key
A bunion is an abnormal, bony prominence that develops on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the big toe joint becomes enlarged, it forces the toe to crowd against your other toes, and the pressure exerted on your big toe joint results in inflammation and pain. Early treatment is necessary to decrease the risk of developing joint deformities.
Bunions develop due to prolonged abnormal pressure or motion on your big toe joint, most often caused by inherited structural defects, poor-fitting shoes, foot injuries, or congenital deformities. Women are generally more prone to bunions because of the shoe types typically worn, such as high-heels and narrow-toed shoes.
Bunion pain can range from mild to severe, often making it difficult to wear shoes and perform normal activities. You should contact our office if you notice the following symptoms:
- An enlarged, visible bulge on your big toe joint
- Restricted movement of your big toe or foot that prevents you from performing normal activities
- Irritation, corns or calluses caused by the overlap of the first and second toes
- Frequent pain, swelling or redness around your big toe joint
Treatment For a Bunion
Treatment for a bunion will vary depending on its severity. Identifying the condition in its early stages is important to avoid surgery, with the main objective of early treatment being to relieve pressure and stop the progression of the deformity. Many times conservative treatments, such as padding, modified footwear or orthotic devices can be highly effective for preventing further growth and reducing the pressure and pain.
We recommend the following for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions:
- Wear comfortable shoes that don't cramp or irritate your toes and avoid high-heeled shoes
- Apply ice to reduce inflammation and pain
- Our podiatrists can show you how to apply padding to your foot to place it in its normal position and reduce stress on the bunion
When early treatments fail or the persistent pain associated with your bunion is interfering with your daily activities, a surgical procedure may be recommended as a last resort to realign the toe joint and alleviate the pressure. We can advise you on the best treatment options available to relieve pressure on the bunion and slow the progression of the joint deformity.