The bunion deformity is a common problem in many people that affects the big toe. In the initial stages, the bony bump and toe movement caused by the condition may not create much pain or discomfort. However, this is the best time to treat the bunion toe with conservative methods while it still retains some flexibility. Once the bunion has become rigid, you may have to have a surgical procedure performed by your foot doctor to correct the problem.
Some non-invasive, conservative treatments for bunions that can help avoid the need for surgery include the following:
● Reduce swelling and pain—OTC products containing NSAIDs are fine for reducing pain and swelling but should be used in moderation. Resting and icing the affected toe after a day on your feet will also provide relief.
● Wear a bunion brace while sleeping—A specially made night brace is used to pull the big toe back into alignment. Over time, the brace will redirect your bone growth so the toe is much straighter and less problematic.
● Wear properly sized and fitted shoes with orthotic inserts—Choose shoes with a wider toe box and deeper heel cup to allow your expanded foot room to move without rubbing. The right shoes will also have room for cushions and custom orthotic inserts to help bunion complications.
If you are experiencing pain from a poorly treated bunion consult with your podiatrist for the proper treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.