Change to a pair of shoes with ample toe and foot room. Do not wear heels higher than 2 inches. To reduce friction and inflammation, add shoe padding. You may ask your doctor about pain management. You may also consider wearing a nighttime splint to help straighten the joint.
Therapy for Bunions
There are conservative measures that can help manage pain and discomfort but the definitive treatment would be surgery. Specifically, the procedure is known as an osteotomy. This involves making a small incision in the skin above your big toe. Medication and surgery are the two main methods of active treatment for bunions.
Medication can reduce swelling and pain. Ibuprofen, for instance, can lessen pain and swelling.
Injections of cortisone can reduce swelling, especially in the fluid-filled cushions that cushion the bones. Ask your doctor for advice.
When surgery is required for bunions, there are a variety of different techniques that can be used. The entire procedure can take anywhere from 45 minutes to three hours, depending on the severity of the bunion and the procedure required to treat it.
Surgery might be appropriate for those who: