5 Effective Solutions for Bunions
A bunion is a painful bony bump that develops on the inside of the foot at the big toe joint.
Bunions develop overtime and pressure on the big toe joint causes the big toe to lean toward the second toe. “Over time, the normal structure of the bone changes, resulting in the bunion bump. This deformity will gradually increase and may make it painful to wear shoes or walk.” -Orthoinfo.com
Although bunions are mostly genetic from inherited flat feet that are over pronate ( roll inward more than usual); shoes with pointy toes can also cause these unwanted terrors. High heels also force the toes to the front of the shoes which increase the chance of bunions as well. Wearing comfortable shoes that fit properly is a great way to prevent bunions. Now, if it’s too late and you already have bunions try these solutions below:
Apply ice wrapped in a thin cloth or paper towel to the toe joint for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Ice constricts blood vessels, which numbs pain and relieves swelling.
Whether you have a bunion or are worried you may get one, gel or moleskin pads are a great idea. If you have enough room in your shoe simply apply the protective pad to your feet and enjoy your day free of pain.
These are molded shoe inserts. These guys work against the mechanics that cause a bunion to form in the first place. They not only minimize pain but they also keep bunions from getting worse. These are usually for people with a more severe bunion problem. You can always try the over the counter gels before this step.
Okay, foot exercises aren’t going to cure bunions, of course but strengthening your toe and foot muscles can definitely relieve pain and discomfort from bunions. You can pick up small safe objects with your toes like marbles or write out the alphabet with your toes like ballerinas do to strengthen your toes. You can also practice pointing and flexing your feet and holding each stance for 5-10 seconds. Try these exercises 2-3 times a day to notice a difference.
We hope these options help you to stay sane while dealing with bunions as we know they are no fun at all! Good luck and feel free to reach out to us with us if you need further assistance with your bunion pain.