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7 Ways to Ease Your Bunions Without Surgery

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Bunions occur when a foot is squeezed into a narrow shoe with a pointed toe on a regular basis. The big toe pushes against the other toes, and as a result, the base of the big toe juts out creating a tiny nub on the inside of your foot. Bunion surgery generally involves an incision in the top or side of the big toe joint and the removal or realignment of soft tissue and bone. This is done to relieve pain and restore normal alignment to the joint. Small wires, screws, or plates may be used to hold the bones in place. There are no guarantees that a bunion surgery will fully relieve your pain and is very expensive. So, why don’t you try these 7 ways to ease your bunions.

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Treatment without surgery
All bunions are permanent unless surgically corrected. But there are some measures you can take to be more comfortable or to slow a bunion’s progression, says podiatrist Dina Stock, DPM, who sees patients at the Solon Family Health Center and Willoughby Hills Family Center.

“For many people, it may simply be a matter of wearing properly fitting shoes,” Dr. Stock says. “Be sure to choose low-heeled, comfortable shoes that provide plenty of space for your toes and the widest part of your foot.”

Dr. Stock says these seven approaches may relieve the pain and pressure on the toe joint:

Maintain a normal weight.
Protect the bunion with a moleskin or gel-filled pad, which you can buy at a drugstore.
Use shoe inserts to help position the foot correctly. These can be over-the-counter arch supports or prescription orthotic devices.
Under a doctor’s guidance, wear a splint at night to hold the toe straight and ease discomfort.
Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.
Use warm soaks, ice packs, Whirlpool, ultrasound and massage.
Buy well-fitting footwear that arewide in the toe area. Shop at a store where the staff measures your foot and can fit you with an appropriate shoe.
Some patients are interested in treating their bunions by stretching the feet to realign the toes, or using devices such as toe spacers or bunion splints, Dr. Botek says. Often though, the device is like a pair of eyeglasses – when you take it off, the benefit is gone.

“It won’t completely realign your toe permanently,” Dr. Botek says.

When it’s time for surgery
If your bunion is causing pain, your podiatrist may recommend surgery. Dr. Botek says it’s time to consider surgery when you’ve felt pain for at least a year.

Your doctor also may recommend surgery because bunions can result in other painful foot problems, such as hammertoes, bursitis, a bunion below the little toe, or pain in the balls of your feet, Dr. Botek says. Surgery can be done on mild or severe cases.

“When patients come in at an older age, usually it’s because the bunion is causing other problems,” Dr. Botek says. “For these patients, the pain is more constant or is creating problems with the second toe.”

The goal of surgery is to return the big toe to its correct position. A surgeon puts bones, ligaments, tendons and nerves back into correct order, and removes the bump.

There are more than 150 types of bunion surgery, but surgeons typically choose one from about a half-dozen commonly used procedures, Dr. Botek says.

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Via health.clevelandclinic.org
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