Bunion deformity treatment differs in individuals with minor to severe bunion deformity pain. Furthermore, bunions are a progressive disorder, which means they will further complicate and worsen if proper bunion deformity treatment is not taken.
In most cases, a bunion deformity is hereditary, but improperly fitting footwear can organically create a bunion deformity in perfectly healthy feet. Do you suspect you have a bunion? Check out these bunion pictures to see what a bunion deformity looks like.
If you have a bunion deformity, you can slow it down as well as ease your bunion pain by following these techniques:
- Wear properly fitting footwear. You will find bunion pain relief in a soft, flexible, roomy pair of shoes that doesn’t crowd your toes. In warm weather, a comfortable pair of sandals is an excellent way to take pressure off your toes and decrease pain experienced from your bunion deformity.
- Use a bunion pad when wearing shoes. This will help cushion the bunion from the sides of your shoe as well as underneath your bunion.
- Kick off your shoes when possible. I am not recommending you go to work or even to the grocery store without your shoes, but Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon, Carol Frey, M.D, who specializes in the foot and ankle states “In countries where they don’t wear shoes, the incidence of bunion pain is extremely rare.” (source: www.runnersworld.com)
- Wear orthotic arch supports. Orthotic arch supports with a rather firm and high arch will transfer strain off the area of the bunion deformity, bringing relief to your bunion pain.
- Soak / massage your bunions. You can do this easily with a large bowl, warm water, and Epsom salts. Epsom salts, also known as magnesium sulfate, absorbs into the skin and reduces inflammation. Afterwards, massage your bunions using the base of your thumb / palm of your hand to rub the sore area with enough pressure to bring relief.
- Cool your bunions. Wrap an icepack, bag of ice, or frozen bag of vegetables (budget friendly) with a towel and apply to your swollen and inflamed bunions for 15 – 20 minutes. Do this multiple times a day if necessary until the desired bunion pain relief reached.
- Heat your bunions. If cooling your feet is uncomfortable, you can apply a heating pad to your bunions to reduce inflammation. Similarly, soaking your feet in warm water and Epsom salts will reduce inflammation, but use of a heating pad can be repeated without drying your feet out.