There are several things you can do to treat your bunion without surgery. Because the bunion is a structural problem, the conservative treatment is centered on symptom relief and will likely not reduce the size of the bunion but may eliminate any associated pain.
Things you can do:
- Wear appropriate fitting shoes.
- Avoid crowing your toes in your shoes.
- Avoid high heel shoes.
- Having your shoe stretched – “spot stretch”.
- Cutting an “X” in the shoe overlying the bunion.
- Try to pad the shoe.
- Use a bunion pad to protect the bunion from rubbing on the shoe.
- Try a splint to hold the big toe over.
- Try a spacer between the big toe and the second toe.
- Use an over the counter insole to better align the foot.
- Calf stretches.
- Ice the area (Avoid if you have circulation or sensation problems).
- Change your activities.
Things your doctor can add:
- Begin Anti-inflammatories to help reduce inflammation.
- Prescribe a custom insole (orthotics) for your shoe.
- Cortisone injection(s).
- Discuss & perform surgery.
Other Common Questions
Can I prevent a bunion from getting worse?
Maybe. With proper shoes and insoles you may be able to halt the progression.
How bad can a bunion get?
Your bunion may stay the same size it is now or progress. It is impossible to tell which bunions will progress.
What does an end-stage bunion look like?
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