Learn about some of the most effective ways to get your bunion pain under control.
Has one of the podiatrists at our Reading, MA, office recently told you that the foot pain you’re experiencing is due to a bunion? A bunion is a common deformity that often affects the joint at the base of the big toe, causing it to protrude. Here’s what you can do to manage your bunion symptoms!
How can I treat my bunion?
Caring for your bunion is actually quite simple. In fact, unless you are dealing with severe pain and discomfort, minor and occasional bunion symptoms can often be addressed and reduced with simple at-home care. Common lifestyle modifications and at-home care include,
- Wearing supportive and properly fitted shoes that don’t put pressure on the bunions or bunch up the toes (also avoid high heels and shoes with a pointed toe)
- Placing a non-medicated bunion pad over the bunion prior to wearing shoes to prevent a callus from forming
- Wearing custom orthotics in your shoes to redistribute the weight evenly on the foot, thus reducing pressure from being placed on the deformed joint
- Icing the bunion for 10-15 minutes at a time to reduce pain and swelling
- Taking over-the-counter NSAID pain relievers like ibuprofen to temporarily alleviate inflammation and discomfort
- Performing stretches and foot exercises that could help strengthen the ligaments, muscles, and tissues around the joint
- Wearing a brace or splint at night to realign the joint to reduce morning pain and stiffness
If you don’t notice any changes in your symptoms after at-home care, then it’s time to visit our Reading office to speak with an expert. Sometimes prescription medications, steroid injections, and other treatment options may be recommended to manage your bunion symptoms.
When is it time to consider bunion surgery?
Bunion surgery is usually the very last resort and only recommended when all other treatment options and lifestyle changes have not been successful. Surgery is usually not the first treatment option to consider, as most people are able to get their symptoms under control with non-surgical options. Of course, if your bunion pain is persistent, severe, and doesn’t respond to other treatments then it’s time to consider getting bunion surgery to correct the deformity.
Need relief? Give us a call!
Here at our Reading office, we are always here to address your foot and ankle concerns. If you suspect that you might have a bunion, call us today at (781) 944-4044 for an evaluation!