Bunion Treatments to Try Before Traditional Surgery

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Jul 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM

bunion_treatment_at_homeIf it’s not enough that the bump on your big toe is causing you physical foot pain, surgical bunion treatment can also cause financial pain, so you may want to try everything in your power before visiting a foot doctor.

A bunion forms on the base and side of your big toe as the big toe joint is pushed out of place. This adds additional pressure to the outside of the big toe and produces increased bone growth. Sometimes people live with bunions for years and are fine, but when you start to experience pain every day it’s time to find a solution. Before learning about how to fix a bunion with foot surgery, there are some conservative treatments you can try at home.

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6 natural ways to stop bunions from hurting or growing bigger WITHOUT resorting to surgery

Try these methods at home to reduce inflammation, improve the flexibility of your foot and reduce the stress over your bunion.

  1. Reduce the Pressure

By reducing the pressure over the bunion you may find relief from pain. Protect the bunion with moleskin or a gel-filled pad. Wear shoes that provide plenty of space in the toe box.

Shop at a store where the staff will measure your foot and fit you with the right size shoe. You might be surprised to learn that your real shoe size is not the one you’ve been buying for the last several years.

  1. Increase Circulation

Whirlpools, warm socks, hot packs, ultrasound and massage can all increase the circulation to the area, helping to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

  1. Reduce the Inflammation

Ice and curcumin or turmeric may help to reduce the inflammatory response in the bunion and reduce your pain.

Shop at a store where the staff will measure your foot and fit you with the right size shoe. You might be surprised to learn that your real shoe size is not the one you’ve been buying for the last several years.

4. Improve Flexibility

If you have a bunion, you may notice that the toe with the deformity is not as flexible as the same toe on the other foot. The large toe may become so inflexible you can only move it a couple of degrees. This inflexibility contributes to the development of a bunion.

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If the above at-home bunion treatments no longer bring you relief and it becomes difficult to bear weight, then it’s time to consider bunion surgery. Start by consulting a qualified podiatrist and asking about HyProCure®, an outpatient procedure that uses a minimally invasive technique to correct foot misalignment, the root cause of bunions and many other common foot problems.

The procedure works by placing a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring spacing between the ankle bone and heel bone (called the sinus tarsi) that stabilizes the ankle bone (talus) and keeps it from excessively rolling inward.

Once you align your feet, and the pressure is reduced, many bunions improve. A good percentage of bunions actually disappear without traditional bunion surgery, helping you find relief from your foot pain – which is priceless.

To learn more about your bunion treatment options, download the free resource below or contact the best podiatrists in NYC at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: foot problems, Bunion, Bunion Surgery