5 Things to Try for Your Foot Pain Before Bunion Surgery

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Nov 20, 2014 9:00:00 AM

bunion_surgery_worth_a_tryIf you have a bunion we have some breaking news for you: if it is large it is not going to go away without some type of surgical treatment. Why not? A bunion is actually a deformity on the bone that forms when your big toe moves out of place, caused by an enlargement of the joint on the base and side of the big toe. So it’s important to start researching your treatment options before the bunion starts causing you too much foot pain.

If you’re already experiencing chronic pain caused by your bunion, then you’ll want to consider HyProCure® treatment for foot pain. If you are not a candidate for HyProCure® treatment, then bunion surgery is an option too.

HyProCure® Treatment

Your bunion is a result of bones that dislocate forward and to the side of your big toe, initiating a domino effect. As your bones bang together, they cause pressure, misalignment, and pain. The HyProCure® procedure uses a minimally invasive technique that inserts a small titanium stent in the natural space between the ankle and heel bone, once again aligning your bones. It has a surprising effect on bunions. In fact, 30 to 40% of bunions go away once the joint below the ankle (the subtalar joint) is in alignment.

Once you’re evaluated by a qualified podiatrist, you may find that you aren’t a candidate for HyProCure® treatment. If this is the case, other options include simply trying to just manage the pain or considering bunion surgery.

Changing Footwear

Changing to carefully fitted footwear that accommodates your bunion is a good place to start. Much of the foot pain related to your bunion is caused by the friction and pressure created when the bump rubs against your footwear. Look for footwear that provides you plenty of room, especially in the toe box; good support, and that doesn’t put added pressure against the bunion.

Protective Padding or Bandaging

Gel-filled or moleskin pads are inexpensive and often effective treatments for minor bunions. They help minimize the pressure from shoes, and help eliminate the friction caused by your bunion rubbing against your shoes. If you try these, be sure to replace them when they get worn out or dirty or else they lose their effectiveness.


Some anti-inflammatory medications are effective bunion treatments because they relieve both the foot pain and the swelling. However, sometimes they do have side effects, such as upset stomach. You may also be able to request a prescription after being evaluated by a podiatrist if you need stronger pain relief. Also consider simply applying an ice pack to the bunion to help relieve pain, inflammation and redness.

Stretches/Physical Therapy

Simple foot exercises, toe stretches, and even physical therapy can help relieve foot pain associated with bunions by relieving symptoms, increasing flexibility, strengthening the muscles that control your big toe, and keeping the joint mobile. Some of these include: toe flexing and contracting, resistance exercises, and towel curls.

Bunion Surgery

The bunion treatments mentioned above are good to try first before jumping into a surgical procedure. However, bunion surgery is the only treatment that is able to correct the bone deformity itself. You should consider bunion surgery when it becomes difficult to bear weight and none of the above treatments are having any positive outcome.

The New York podiatrists at Adler Footcare perform minimally invasive bunion surgery that consists of correcting the position of the big toe joint by making a small incision in the foot.

If you’d like to learn more about the treatment options, download the free e-book below, or contact us today to schedule a consultation with a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: Bunion, Bunion Surgery, foot pain