Is Getting a Pedicure a Good Form of Bunion Treatment?

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Aug 26, 2015 9:00:00 AM

foot_massageCertain foot problems may cause you to shy away from getting pedicures, and some for good reason – like toenail fungus, which can be easily spread. But what about other problems that are just unattractive, like bunions? Not only might you be embarrassed by your bunion, but you could also be experiencing foot pain. Is it safe to get a pedicure when you have a bunion? Is it a viable bunion treatment option?

Can you get a pedicure if you have a bunion?

It’s completely safe to get a pedicure if you have a bunion. You just want to pay attention to any potential pain that could be caused by the nail tech rubbing or scrubbing directly on your bunion. While they will probably already be aware you have a bunion, you could make it a point to request that they be gentle near the area of the bunion or avoid the area altogether.

Is getting a pedicure a good treatment?

Getting a pedicure is not a viable form of bunion treatment; however, it may help alleviate discomfort caused by your bunion. Soaking your feet and getting some TLC from your nail tech in the form of a foot massage may offer some temporary relief.

What are other conservative bunion treatment options?

  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Ibuprofen.
  • Changing your footwear to shoes with a wide toe box that doesn’t aggravate the bunion
  • Wearing protective padding placed over the bunion
  • Applying an ice pack to reduce inflammation

Are there long-term treatment options?

Since bunions are actually a result of inheriting a faulty foot structure, the only way to get rid of your bunion is to get to the root problem – foot misalignment. Misalignment in your feet is caused by the heel bone slipping off of the ankle bone, causing the ankle bone to roll inward, putting extra pressure on the bones in the feet, and extra pressure on the outside of your big toe, producing increased bone growth that leads to your bunion.

There is a long-term treatment available called HyProCure® that places a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel bone, stabilizing the bones and correcting the misalignment. A study indicated that HyProCure® has a positive impact on bunions, resulting in a 40% to 50% reduction in both the size and pain level of bunions for patients who received the minimally invasive outpatient procedure.

How do you get HyProCure®?

You can schedule a free assessment with a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare to find out if you’re a candidate for HyProCure®. Most people are, but if you aren’t, a podiatrist can also recommend other bunion treatment options for you, such as custom orthotics or minimally invasive bunion surgery. This stitch-less procedure produces maximal treatment for the bunion with a minimum of disruption in your life and no hospitalization.

At Adler Footcare you’ll experience convenience, kindness, and the best possible care for your foot problems. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should the treatment.

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Topics: Bunion, Foot Care, Pedicures