A custom foot orthotic (shoe insert) is a effective tool to minimize the pressure from the bunion. You might want to change your footwear, especially if you have shoes that squeeze your toes together. Wearing shoes with a wide toe box reduces friction on the bunion.
There are special pads made to cushion bunions. Avoid pads that have acid or medication in them.
Anti-inflammatory medication such as Motrin or Naproxen can decrease pain and inflammation
Ron Noy, MD