Those who have a bunion know the pain and swelling that comes along with it is a real drag – not to mention how much it can interfere with daily life. Sometimes the condition can prevent people from participating in exercise and physical activities. Scheduling an appointment with your podiatrist and asking about treatment options is a great first step in healing bunions. From there, you and your foot doctor will discuss what the best course of action would be. What are some of your treatment options? Keep reading to find out.
Switch To More Comfortable Footwear
Many people find they get bunions after continuous wear of high heels. High heels aren’t designed with our feet’s best interest in mind. Although you might like the look of stylish shoes, avoid wearing heels and any uncomfortable footwear. Instead, buy shoes with a wide-toe box. The perfect fit will conform to your feet comfortably, without any pain or pressure.
Look For Inserts
Another great tool for bunions is shoe inserts and bunion pads. Bunion cushions typically fit around your big toe and are easy to wear. Alternatively, you might fit padded inserts useful, which can distribute pressure more evenly throughout your foot, alleviating some of the discomfort you might feel. Investing in a pair of custom orthotics is also a great idea.
Simple Pain Relief
Taking over-the-counter medications, like Advil or Aleve, can help reduce pain and inflammation from your bunion. Medicine isn’t a fix for bunions, but it can work alongside other treatments. Always make sure you’re resting your feet often. Attending physical therapy or implementing some daily stretches can help with any stiffness you may find. You can even ice your bunion or look into cortisone shots!
In some severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the bunion and realign your toe.
Left untreated, bunions tend to get worse and even more painful. If you suspect you have a bunion, it’s important to contact your podiatrist immediately. Ignoring your bunion or trying to fix it at home can do more harm than good. Visit your podiatrist’s office and talk with your doctor about the next best steps!
Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York, can help treat and care for your feet. Call us at 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online to get help today.