4 Ways To Decrease Bunion Pain

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The bunion is a toe deformity that strikes the big toe and is mainly thought to be hereditary. However, other influences can exacerbate the tendency to develop them. Tight-fitting shoes like high heels that push your toes together under extreme pressure are notorious for contributing to bunion and hammertoe formation. Wearing properly-fitted and comfortable shoes helps to avoid many foot and ankle problems. 

4 ways to help decrease bunion pain include the following: 

  1. Use special pads to prevent rubbing—Moleskin is an excellent and low-cost padding that is available at your pharmacy. Moleskin comes in various shapes to help isolate bunions and insulate corns that can form on the top of bunions.

  2. Night braces and orthotic insertsCustom-fabricated shoe inserts and specially designed night braces are available from your podiatrist to help straighten the big toe. Night braces will provide pressure to pull the toe gradually into a straighter position over a period of months.

  3. Strength and flexibility exercises—Toe and foot stretching and strengthening exercises are excellent for keeping the toe joints more flexible. These exercises will help to prevent the bunion from becoming more rigid and painful.

  4. Wear the right shoes—Since corns can grow on the top or side of the bunion, wearing shoes with a wide toe box will help avoid pressure and rubbing and minimize the formation of corns and blisters. 

Bunions tend to cause more pain and other complications as they progress, and surgery may be required in severe cases. For help treating your bunions, call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.