If you need a more accessible version of this website, click this button on the right. Switch to Accessible Site

Non-Surgical Treatments for Bunions

Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Non-surgical treatments for bunions focus on relieving pain and discomfort, as well as slowing down the progression of the condition. Treatments include wearing comfortable shoes with a wide toe box to reduce pressure on the bunion, using padded inserts or orthotic devices to provide support and cushioning, and resting the foot to reduce swelling and inflammation. Toe spacers or splints may be used to help realign the toes gradually. Stretching and strengthening exercises for the foot and toe muscles can also improve flexibility and stability. While these treatments may not correct the bunion entirely, they can alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life for individuals with bunions who wish to avoid surgery. If you have a bunion that is causing discomfort, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist regularly to track its progression, and adjust treatment as needed.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dr. Kendall Blackwell of InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Wilson, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Bunions
Connect with us