How to Treat Bunions

Are you experiencing pain in your big toe on one or both of your feet? If the pain is right at the first joint of your big toe that pain could be caused by a bunion. You may not need to see a doctor right away, but you do need to be aware of a few things that can help reduce the pain and discomfort.

Bunions are really just a bump of bone created by the base joint of the big toe getting deformed. They can be very painful and the pain is often made worse by simply wearing shoes that are either too tight or with a heel that is too high. Most often, bunions run in families. If a family member has bunions, chances are you could develop them too.

Home Remedies to Treat Bunions

There are two easy things you can do to lessen the pain. Put a bunion pad on to provide cushion for it as it rubs against the inside of the shoe. The most important thing you can do is to get a proper fitting shoe. Finding a shoe that is wider with more room for the toes is sometimes all that needs to be done. Also, make sure the heel is less than two inches high.

Most of your pain is caused by the bunion being inflamed. It is a good idea to take anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Putting an ice pack on it for around twenty minutes or so several times during the day can work wonders for the pain.

When You Need to See a Doctor

The obvious time to come in to see the doctor is when all else has failed. You can often get relief faster if you get advice from the doctor when the pain and symptoms are just starting.

The doctor can also let you know when surgery is needed. You can get all of the information you need about surgery so you can make the right decision. If you live in, or near Somerset, NJ, and would like to make an appointment with a podiatrist, give us a call. We have helped many people get relief from bunions.

Dr. Jade Gittens

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