Non-Surgical Bunion Treatment Options
A bunion is a painful, bony bump that forms where the joint of the big toe connects to the rest of the foot. Bunions develop when the joint is pushed outwards and swells due to abnormal bone structure, the wearing of improper footwear, or, in many cases, a combination of both. While severe cases may require surgery, there are also some good non-surgical options to treat the pain and swelling of less progressed bunions.
If you are experiencing painful, swollen bunions, then it is time to visit Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic and ask Calgary podiatrist Dr. Ian Russell about these four treatment options:
- Bunion Pads - Bunion pads, which are available over-the-counter at just about any drug store, provide an extra cushion for your bunion as you walk. Usually made of fleece or gel, bunion pads can help stop your toe from painfully rubbing against the side of your shoe. They typically either adhere directly to the bunion, or are connected to the big toe by a loop.
- Painkillers - Over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory painkillers, such as Aspirin or ibuprofen, can help relieve some of the pain and swelling of a bunion. Painkillers containing acetaminophen (such as Tylenol), can take away some of the pain, but won't reduce swelling. Make sure that, when taking non-prescription painkillers, you read the patient information and never exceed the suggested dose.
- Suitable Shoes - Since bunions can be caused or exacerbated by wearing tight, narrow, uncomfortable shoes, they can also be reduced in severity by switching to more suitable footwear. Look for wide-fit, roomy, flat shoes made of comfortable material, such as soft leather. Avoid shoes that have any sort of heel or poor arch support, as these will only continue to put pressure on your bunion.
- Custom Orthotics from a Calgary Podiatrist - Perhaps the most effective method of treating bunions in a non-surgical manner is to wear custom orthotics made by Dr. Ian Russell, a professional Calgary podiatrist. Orthotics can help reduce pressure on bunions by keeping the bones of the foot in a more natural position. They can also stop the progression of a bunion altogether, taking away the need for surgery in the future.
If you're beginning to notice pain and swelling around your big toe, then it is time to take action. Get in touch with Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic today to find out more about your treatment options and about what orthotics can do for you.