3 Trendy Bunion Treatments That Do Nothing for Your Bump

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Jul 28, 2015 9:00:00 AM

bunion_splintsThe latest bunion treatment options may seem the best way to treat your bunion because you can do it from the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule without having to wait for an appointment with a podiatrist. While some of these treatments may help ease the foot pain caused by your bunion, none of them will actually correct the underlying issue causing the pain – but there is a solution that will.

It’s important to know about the popular bunion treatments you commonly hear about so you don’t waste your time on treatments that just temporarily manage the pain and don’t work.

  1. Bunion Pads are placed over your bunion to reduce the pain and pressure caused by the friction of your bunion rubbing against your shoes. These pads can slip and move around in your shoes and also don’t position the big toe in its natural alignment.

  2. Bunion Braces or Splints come in all shapes, sizes and materials. The basic design has a “holder” for the big toe and a “binding” around the middle of the foot. They aim to provide the support that’s needed for the arch, while also stretching the tendon and toe muscles by pulling the big toe away from the second toe. These are often very rigid, causing pain and discomfort.

  3. Bunion Spacers go between your toes to separate the big toe from the second toe. The goal is to help realign the big toe and resist some of the soft tissue stress and pressure that is associated with the formation of a bunion. Spacers are often just uncomfortable and difficult to wear in shoes.

Experimenting with these treatments and other conservative options may be your current solution to trying to get rid of the bump on your big toe. If you’ve tried bunion treatment at home with no success, it’s time to consider your other options.

The reason these popular bunion treatments don’t work is that they don’t correct the underlying cause or the bone deformity itself. Some people are able to manage the pain from their bunion just fine, but when it becomes difficult to bear weight, it’s time to make an appointment with your local podiatrist and ask about HyProCure® and bunion surgery.

HyProCure® helps realign your feet by placing a titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between your ankle bone and heel bone, correcting the excessive inward rotation, also known as overpronation, that causes additional pressure to the outside of the big toe and produces increased bone growth that leads to the bump formation. Many bunion symptoms have improved for patients after receiving the HyProCure® treatment.

Adler Footcare is classified as a Center of Excellence for HyProCure® implantation, by the Graham International Implant Institute, because of the safety expertise and experience offered to patients. 

When someone isn’t a candidate for HyProCure®, then minimally invasive bunion surgery is also an option, but it’s best to consult with a qualified podiatrist.

If you’re visiting or living in the New York area, learn more about bunion treatment options and the best solution for you by contacting a podiatrist in NYC at Adler Footcare or downloading the free eBook below. 

At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: foot problems, Bunion