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Bunions: How to treat them?

Today’s blog features the second in a three-part series on bunions.

How are bunions treated – at home?

The easiest way to treat bunions is to avoiding activities that puts pressure on your big toe and foot, such as swimming or bicycling. Avoid wearing narrow shoes, high heels, and instead wear shoes that are wide enough and have enough room for your toes to wiggle at the tip of your shoe. At home treatments can’t change the shape of your foot or prevent a bunion from getting worse over time. But, home remedies can help ease the discomfort as follows:

  • Wearing proper shoes – as mentioned above;
  • Pain relief – OTC medications like ibuprofen;
  • Bunion pads – made of fleece, gel, flexible plastic;
  • Orthotics – placed inside shows to realign foot bones;
  • Ice packs – apply an ice pack to the swollen bunion point.

How are bunions treated – by surgery?

Surgery is the only way to completely correct a bunion. Typically, a bunion will usually get worse over time, causing you a significant amount of pain and affecting the quality of your life. Surgery might be required to relieve pain and improve the alignment of your big toe.

In consultation with your Doctor, consider these factors as they pertain to you:

  • Age;
  • General health profile;
  • Lifestyle;
  • Urgency of symptoms;
  • What do you want to get out of a surgical intervention?

Types of surgery?

There are several surgical procedures such as:

Have questions? Simply reach out to me at Step Forward to Better Health.

I acknowledge that this image is borrowed from Bunions: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment on April 10, 2017. Thank you!

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