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What Are My Bunion Treatment Options?

Bunions can form on the side of your foot at the joint of your big toe as it tilts inward, toward the other toes. This happens due to repeated and constant pressure and stress on the joints over time. The result is the noticeable bump, the bunion, which can be unsightly and uncomfortable. Whatever your reason for treating your bunions, it's important to do so to prevent further aggravating them and for help doing so you can turn to your local Reading, MA, professionals of New England Foot & Ankle Specialists.

Medication

If your bunions are painful the reason is typically related to inflammation which can be helped with the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. But you shouldn't rely on this medication over an extended period of time without first consulting with your doctor.

Warm Soak

Soaking your feet for about 15 minutes in warm water can also relieve some of your symptoms of inflammation. You can do so about twice a day and add Epsom salts if you wish.

New Shoes

Ill-fitting shoes can affect your foot in a number of ways and have also been associated with the development of bunions, whether they cause them themselves or exacerbate a foot condition is often cause for debate, but in either case, they are a contributing factor.

So replacing your shoes with something comfortable, low heeled, and with plenty of room for your toes can help ease the tension on your foot.

Padding

Over-the-counter products made specifically for providing protection to your bunion are a good option as well. These are often gel pads that help keep your bunion from rubbing against the edge of your shoes.

Orthotic Devices

Problems with your arches can put undue stress onto the joint of your foot. So ask your Reading, MA, podiatrist about either custom orthotic devices or a good choice of shoe inserts that can help relieve this pressure. Maintaining a healthy weight can further help in this.

Your doctor may also prescribe a splint that you wear overnight to keep your affected toe in a proper position, which can also provide some relief.

Surgery

A bunion cannot be removed other than through surgical intervention, so be wary of treatments that advertise these promises. What non-surgical treatments can definitely do is help with the pain and discomfort associated with your bunions, and can often stop them from becoming a bigger problem. But if your bunions are already a large concern then your doctor will likely suggest surgery to remove them.

For help treating your bunions schedule a consultation today with the experts of New England Foot & Ankle Specialists in Reading, MA, by dialing (781) 944-4044.

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New England Foot & Ankle Specialist

30 New Crossing Road

Suite 311

Reading, MA 01867 US

(781) 944-4044