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Bunion Treatments

Treatment

The goals of treatment are to relieve pressure on the bunion and stop progression of the deformity.

Padding and Taping

Padding the bunion reduces pain and allows you to continue a normal, active life.

Taping helps to keep the foot in a normal position, reducing stress and pain.

Medication

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen) to ease pain and inflammation
  • Cortisone injections to ease pain and inflammation

Proper Footwear

Wear shoes that are wide and deep in the toe area. Make sure the top of the shoe doesn't hit or rub against the bunion. There should be one-half inch of space between the shoe and the end of your longest toe when you are standing up.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can relieve inflammation and pain. Ultrasound therapy is often used for treating bunions and the related soft tissue problems.

Orthotics

Shoe inserts may be useful in maintaining foot function. They are thought to reduce symptoms and prevent worsening of the deformity.

Surgery

Surgery may be needed to relieve the pressure and repair the toe joint, if the other treatments fail. Surgical procedures include:

  • Removal of the bony lump
  • A more involved procedure that includes cutting the bone and realigning the joint

If you are diagnosed as having a bunion, follow your doctor's instructions .

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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