Scared to go through the surgery to treat your bunions?. Lets make surgery your last resort and try and treat those pesky bunions at home!
None of us ever want to go through surgery but it is still very important to seek out professional advice from your doctor, just in case.
A bunion is a deformity involving medial deviation of the first metatarsal, lateral deviation and or rotation of the hallux (the joint at the big toe) and prominence with or without medial soft tissue enlargement of the first metatarsal head.
But straight to the point – Bunions can be very painful, it is one of the most common and most painful foot aliments. We walk about on our feet all day and don’t realise how important our feet are or take care of them until its gets painful to walk, and our choice of shoes sometimes doesn’t help. High heels, tight or narrow shoes can put pressure on the joints and cause bunions.
So lets see how you can treat your bunions at home!
- First of all, ladies, throw out those painful high heels and be kind to your feet! Bunions can be treated conservatively by changing the types of shoes you wear, shoe gear, different orthotics (with extra padding and shielding), icing the bunion, plenty of rest and medication.
- Arch supports – using an arch support can take a lot of pressure off the bunions and relieve some of the pain.
- Try using a bunion night time splint. The night time splint has a soft bunion pad that is positioned over the bunion to protect it and provide cushion. Wearing this splint means you can protect your bunion from rubbing, reduce pressure while still being comfortable and have the same flexibility.
- Have you ever thought of exercising your toes? Using a Toe Exercising Strap twice a day for 10 mins could really make a big difference. The toe strap is used to strengthen the muscles which are responsible for keeping your big toe straight. Just place a toe in each loop, heels touching and push the toes away from each other. It really is that simple.
- Toe separators can also help with bunion pain. These prevent the 1st and 2nd toe from rubbing reducing pressure between the toes. This will also help to promote correct toe alignment.
- We use ice for a lot of pains – why not bunions? Icing your bunion for 5-10 minutes every night can help relieve pain and swelling meaning a more comfortable night sleep for you!
- Bunion guards will be your best friend! It does what it says – guards your bunions from anything that might rub against it! They come with and without toe spacers but having a toe spacer will also help to align your toe whilst protecting your bunion.
Why not give some of these a try for a month and lets see if we can ease some of that pain.
Remember don’t try and squeeze your feet into shoes because they look nice, take care of yourself and your foot health first, go for a wider fitting shoe instead.
Please be aware that after all of this surgery might still be on the horizon – if you have really severe bunions you may still have to go through surgery if suggested by your GP. However anything you do can help as bunions can always return after surgery, so please do not ignore big toe or foot pain as the longer you wait means that surgery may be the only option.