A bunion is a growth which develops on the outside of the foot in the region of the big toe. Bunion pain is associated with either shoes that fit too snug pressing against the painful bony growth, or from walking improperly. Most bunions are inherited, especially if you develop them prior to age thirty, and they can be very difficult to get rid of even with invasive and uncomfortable foot surgery. To avoid bunion pain there are several self-help measures you can take:
- Do regular warm water soaks on your feet. For quick, but temporary pain relief tries a 10-minute soak in warm water. You may wish to use herbal sachets, Epsom salts, or other comfort measures in the water, but it is the warm heat that is soothing. You may also want to try whirlpool baths. You can do this either in a tub made for this purpose or there are a variety of whirlpool mechanisms you can place into a foot bath of water to get the water moving.
- Wear well-fitting shoes. When you have bunions, finding shoes can be difficult but the best thing to do is opt for soft shoes that can accommodate the odd shape of the bunion growth. Soft leathers and suedes which bend to your foot will be much more comfortable than hard vinyl or unbendable materials that will rub and chafe the skin around your bunion. You may also want to line your shoes with an orthopedic device that can help absorb shock and take the pressure off sore spots like your bunion.
- Check with your doctor about aspirin or other pain relief. If comfort methods aren’t satisfying you and you need more long-term relief of your bunion pain, over the counter or prescription pain relief may be necessary. However, always follow label instructions or your doctor’s order.
- Go for bunion surgery. While this may seem extreme to some, it is the most effective means of long-term relief from bunion pain. After all, removing the bunion should remove the pressure, friction and other uncomfortable pain sensations because the bunion will no longer be there. Bunion surgery is a long-term solution which takes about a half an hour and you’ll be back on your feet again – pain-free – in two or three days.