Do you have pain from bunions?
Try this 12-step plan to eliminate bunion pain. Use the plan for 2 months and if you still have pain, make an appointment with PA Foot and Ankle Associates for a complete diagnosis and treatment plan.
- Use an arch support in your shoes. This will act to transfer force off of the area of the bunion. OTC arch supports will not work as well as a quality custom orthotic, but will help.
- Instead of slippers, use a sandal with an arch support to wear around the house. This will act to decrease pressure on your big toe joint.
- Use a Sandal Gel Toe Spreader when you are wearing your flip-flops. This toe spreader has a built-in slit for sandals and thongs. It wraps around the thong to reduce friction and enhances walking comfort in thongs, flip flops, and sandals.
- Wearing the correct socks can help reduce bunion pain in two ways – by reducing friction on the bunion and by providing a cushion. Cotton is a poor choice for people with bunions because of high friction. The best socks for bunions are made of synthetic materials because they have low friction, no seam over the bunion and they cushion the bunion from shoe pressure.
- Use a pad over the bunion deformity.
- Use a separator between your first and second toes to prevent them from rubbing against each other. The best separators are made of silicone and are available at most pharmacies.
- Use a Bunion Splint at night to prevent the first toe and second toe from pushing against each other. Bunion splints reduce pressure between the toes. There is no evidence they provide long-term straightening of the toe.
- Ice the bunion for 10 minutes each evening.
- Use a topical pain reliever such as Medic Ice during the day.
- Find a shoe store with well trained shoe fitters to fit your shoes. A good shoe fitter will not only lead you to the best fitting shoes, but can often modify the shoe to fit difficult to fit feet.
- Stretch your shoes over the bunion deformity. You can stretch them yourself with a ball and ring shoe stretcher.
- For very large bunions use a stretchable shoe. These have a unique design that combines suede leather and spandex, which is both elastic and breathable. They stretch to conform to the contours of your foot, eliminating pressure on bunions and other prominences.