5 Different Ways to Beat Bunions


Common, uncomfortable, and limiting bunions are one podiatric problem that just won’t quit. These bony bumps at the base of your big toe, produced by bone misalignment, can inflict pain and affect your ability to walk comfortably.

Your Next Step is proud to resolve all kinds of foot and ankle complications, from the commonplace to the complex and everything in between. This time around, we’ve decided to share a few of our favorite treatment and management methods for dealing with bunions.

Consult the info below for freer, fitter feet!

  1. Footwear That Fits: Stay away from narrow, constricting shoes that cram your toes together and exacerbate bunion woes. Instead, select wide-toed, supportive footwear that allows your toes to wiggle freely. Look for shoes with comfortable padding and arch support to distribute pressure evenly.
  2. Orthotics For Support: These custom-made inserts provide much-needed arch support and alignment, preventing your foot from rolling inwards and putting extra pressure on the big toe joint.
  3. Stretch It Out: Keep your toes flexible! Regular toe stretches can help maintain flexibility and range of motion, preventing your big toe from becoming stiff and worsening the bunion. Try gentle toe circles; towel pulls, and big toe extensions to keep your feet feeling limber and bunion-free.
  4. Inflammation Control: Feeling the heat? Apply ice packs to the affected area for 15-20 minutes at a time to alleviate pain, or consider cortisone injections for reducing inflammation in the joint. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can also offer temporary relief.
  5. Splinting for Support: If you’re catching bunions early, especially during development, consider wearing a night splint to gently realign your toes while you sleep. This can be particularly beneficial for younger individuals whose bones are still malleable.

Ultimately, prevention is always preferable, so if you suspect bunion development, don’t ignore it! You can prevent the need for surgery, manage pain, and return to easy strolling with the steps above.

Wondering what else you can do to deal with aching bunions? Step one is simple: Get in touch! Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, Dr. Aliza V. Eisen, and Dr. Cassandra Stache are ready to help you step forward on sturdier, pain-free feet. Schedule your appointment and contact us today.

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