The only way to stop a bunion from getting worse over time is to manage it properly. This means wearing the correct footwear and taking care of the bunions on your feet and your overall health to ensure that you do not put pressure on your bunion, or bump and scrape it during the course of your day.

Can you get rid of Bunions Without Surgery?

You cannot get rid of bunions without having surgery. Surgery is, in fact, the only way to permanently remove a bunion, although there have been some instances where bunions have returned after surgery. The alternative to surgery is to manage your bunion to ensure that it does not worsen over time. There are products on the market that will help you to position your feet properly to halt the progression of a bunion.

It will not reverse, or get rid of the bunion but it will definitely help to manage the bunion and help you to avoid costly, and risky surgery. Bunions left untreated will however lead to them getting a lot more painful and a lot harder to manage. If you do not manage your bunion you will end up having to have surgery in order for you to walk properly as if bunions are left untreated, they can become crippling.

Wearing the correct footwear is the best way to ensure that you take care of your feet and protect and manage your bunion so as to prevent it from worsening over time and becoming unmanageable.

How Painful is Bunion Surgery?

All surgery no matter how small is painful. Bunion surgery is no more painful than some other surgeries, however, it does take a long time for your foot to heal from bunion surgery. This is because the bone needs settle in the right position. If you are not prepared to stay off your feet for a period of six weeks then the surgery could all be for nothing and you will find that the bunion returns and in fact could be worse.

The fact that your foot does not have a lot of tissue to cushion the bones, mean that postoperative pain could be an issue. The swelling that will occur after the surgery can put pressure on the nerves of your feet and aggravate them in this way. This, in turn, can cause you to feel a certain amount of pain in your foot after the surgery. Recovery from bunions surgery as we said takes about six to eight weeks.

During this time you need to put as little pressure on your foot as possible and you will definitely have to wear a surgical boot, or even have a cast, in order to protect your foot and to avoid you damaging your stitches or getting them wet. This means a lot of downtime after surgery. For full recovery from bunion surgery, it can take up to four to six months, as the bone has to correct its alignment.

Running will definitely be out for an extended period of time after bunion surgery. Again it is very important that after the surgery you wear the right footwear. A good surgical boot for the period directly after bunion surgery will protect your foot and lessen the pain that you may feel. Then wearing the correct footwear will prevent your bunion from reappearing and you have to go through the whole process again.

Bunions are often caused by incorrect footwear such as tight, pointed shoes, and if after your surgery you are going to go back to wearing this type of footwear, the chances are you will again develop a bunion which is not what anybody wants, especially after going through the expense and pain of bunion surgery in the first place.

Do Bunion Correctors Really Work?

There are a number of different bunion correctors on the market and they all have some benefit when wearing them. They will not reverse the bunion and they will not make the bunion go away, the only way to do that is through bunion surgery, however, they will, along with the correct footwear, help you to manage your bunion to a point where you will not need surgery.

So what kind of correctors do you get for bunions and how do they work? Well, one of the options available is a bunion splint. This is a device that you would normally wear at night while you sleep. The purpose of the device is to push the big toe back into position. Bunions are the result of the bone of the big toe growing wrong and getting out of alignment and the bunion splint is worn to correct this.

However, it is not something that will work overnight as it were. It is a way of managing your bunion long term, and may over a long period of time stop the bunion from getting worse, it will not, however, remove or reverse the bunion. The only way to do this to have bunion surgery.

Another form of corrector is the orthotic insert in your shoe, this is an insert that offers the correct support for your foot and positions your toes correctly in your shoes to ensure that the bunion is not aggravated over time while you walk and will manage the bunion to the point that you may never need to get surgery.


Bunions are painful and can even be crippling if left untreated. There are ways to treat bunions to reduce their impact on your life, manage them adequately and in extreme cases, surgery can be done to remove them. Wearing the correct footwear can prevent bunions from occurring, corrective devices such as splints also help to manage bunions. The only way to remove them though is surgery.

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