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5 Effective ways to treat bunion pain

Bunions, the bony bumps that develop when the bones of the big toe get misaligned. The misalignment turns your big toe towards the second toe. It may either overlap the second toe or tuck below it, putting pressure on your big toe joint. Bunions can

Mind Body By Onlymyhealth Staff WriterFeb 23, 2017

Start wearing sensible shoes

As the underlying cause of bunions is genetic, people who have inherited flat feet or feet that roll inward more than normal are more likely to develop bunions. However, wearing shoes with narrow, pointy toes can also trigger the problem and high heels which force toes into the front of shoes can worsen the problem. Well, no surprise here, why 90 percent of bunions occur in women. However, you can manage this problem by switching to shoes that are comfortable and have enough room to accommodate the bunion. So, instead of going for pointed shoes, buy new pair round pair of shoes. Also, low heels would be an ideal choice if you’re struggling with bunion pain.

Ice

Applying ice wrapped in a thin cloth to the affected area for 10-20 minutes at a time will provide relief from pain as ice constricts blood vessels, thereby reduces swelling.

Medication

Use of topical or oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen available can also help you manage the pain of a bunion. In case of severe bunions, you doctor will give you an injection of cortisone right into the joint in order to reduce the swelling and discomfort.

Protective pads

If you wear shoes that have enough space to accommodate bunion, you can cushion or protect it from abrasion using a gel or moleskin pad.

Foot exercise

Exercises may not help prevent or fix bunions but certain exercises can surely help strengthen your toe and foot muscles to reduce the pain and discomfort. All you have to do is stretch out your toes, pointing them straight ahead for few seconds, then curl them under for another few seconds. You can manually pull your big toe into alignment for 10 seconds to reduce bunion pain. Repeat the exercise a few times throughout the day. Image source : Getty

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