Bunions – How to Help with the Pain

What is a bunion? A bunion is a very painful lump on the bottom of your big toe. The thing about bunions is they are permanent. But there are ways to help with the discomfort and pain. Here are some ways you can help stop the pain from your bunions.

  • Anti-Inflammatories and Ice – When your bunions become inflamed, it can be excruciating pain. An anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen will help with the pain, while the ice will reduce the swelling. While icing your bunions, try to have your foot rested instead of on the ground. Keeping your foot off the floor will help with the pressure.
  • Wear sensible shoes – There is no proven fact that tight, pointed shoes or high heels cause bunions, but they sure don’t help the problem. High heels and tight-fitting shoes can irritate bunions, making them more painful. Tightly fitted shoes can cause tailor’s bunions (bunionette.) Bunionettes are bunions that are on the joints of your smallest toe. Wearing sensible shoes with a deep toe-bed is your best choice if you have bunions.
  • Custom-Made Orthotics – As mentioned above, with bunions, you want to make sure you are wearing an excellent sensible shoe so it’s not putting pressure on your bunions. Custom-Made Orthotics are made for your foot. Helping reduce the stress on your bunions. a
  • Custom Foot Orthotics – Can be slipped into any foot-ware. Custom Foot Orthotics are shaped to your foot. They help support your arch without putting much pressure on your front foot. If you are forming force in your first metatarsal bone (the bone right on the big toe) from rolling your foot either inward or outward (also known as overpronation and underponation,) Custom Foot orthotics would be right for you.

Having bunions is painful, and unfortunately, no way to get rid of them. But if your bunions

  • Are not reducing in pain or swelling (after use treatments)
  • Are making it difficult to walk because of the pain
  • Avoid all your daily activities so you don’t have to be on your feet

You should seek medical attention. A podiatrist should be able to help you get on your feet again.

Bunions shouldn’t take over your life and keep you from doing the things you love. Likewise, it would help if you didn’t have discomfort from your bunions when putting on your foot-ware. To help reduce your pain and swelling, try anti-inflammatories, custom-made orthopedics, or custom foot orthotics. If none of these solutions help with the swelling or pain, make an appointment with a podiatrist to find a solution that is right for you.  

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