Non Surgical Treatment of Bunions
Bunions are a progressive deformity, meaning that they will get worse over time. In the long run surgery is the only option for totally resolving the condition. The aim of the operation is to restore to alignment and function of the big toe.
However, many people wish to delay surgery until it is absolutely necessary. Surgeon’s will often advise on a number of treatments to relieve symptoms and prevent the Bunion from getting worse.
Wearing Larger Shoes
Tight fitting shoes can exacerbate painful Bunion symptoms. Consistent rubbing and pressure from the shoes can also lead to crowding of the toes and uncomfortable corns and calluses. High pressure shoes with narrow toe boxes, such as high heels, can make the Bunion deformity worse. A typical first course of action to relieve symptoms will be to use shoes that have wide toe boxes, so as to avoid aggravating or worsening of the Bunion.
Using Protective Cushioning Pads in Footwear to Reduce Pain
This is often recommended along with Wearing Larger Shoes. Silicone Pads can be used to cushion the Bunion area and relieve pressure and pain caused by footwear.