Custom orthotics– A custom foot orthotic (shoe insert) is a effective tool to minimize the pressure from the bunion
Changing shoes– You might want to change your shoes, especially if you have shoes that squeeze your toes together. Wearing shoes with a wide toe box reduces friction on the bunion.
Padding the bunion– There are special pads made for bunions, but you should consult a podiatrist first, since incorrect usage can worsen the condition.
Icing- To ease your pain, you can try icing your foot to bring down the swelling and inflammation.
Anti-inflammatory medication such as Motrin or Naproxen to decrease pain and inflammation
Cortisone injections (Steroid injections)– Decreases inflammation and often improves motion at the bunion joint
Thanks for your question. Bunions can be treated conservatively with shoes with a wide toe box, bunion splints, gel pads/sleeves/spacers, OTC orthotics and custom orthotics to name a few options. Unfortunately hallux valgus (bunions) is a biomechanical and structural condition that can not be cured with conservative treatments due to its progressive nature. So with time the bunion can become more pronounced. I do not recommend bunion surgery on patients who do not have pain. I treat each patient on a case by case basis. If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact the office. Thanks and God bless.
Jonathan M. Kletz, DPM