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Unfortunately bunions, once you have them, do not go away naturally, however, there are ways to manage your bunions to ensure that they do not worsen over time and to alleviate the pain that they cause. Wearing the correct shoes for bunions will go a long way in managing the condition and if your bunions get excessively painful, then it is time for surgery to remove them.
How do you Treat a Bunion at Home?
There are a number of ways for you to be able to manage your bunions. Bunions will not go away naturally if they get to a stage where they are causing so much pain that you can no longer walk properly, your GP will probably recommend surgery. Until that time you need to be able to treat and manage your bunion at home and we have a look at ways for you to do that. First, maintaining a normal weight is very beneficial.
The reason for this is the less weight you place on your foot, the less pressure you will put on your bunion and the less pain you will have to deal with. Protecting the bunion is another way to alleviate the pain. You can do this with either a gel-filled pad or a moleskin. Wearing the correct shoes that offer the kind of padding needed is also a way of protecting your bunion from being bumped or scraped which can be extremely painful.
Using shoe inserts is another way of managing your bunion. You can use arch supports for shoes, custom-made supports or orthotics and other inserts which all help to position your foot properly and in this way relieves the pressure that you put on your bunion, thereby relieving pain and stopping the bunion from getting worse. In the same vein as shoe inserts, you can ask your doctor for a splint, which you can wear at night to keep the toe straight, this also eases the pain you may be feeling.
Buying the best, most comfortable footwear that is designed to cope with bunions, having a wide toe box and padded, supportive insoles along with soft stretchy types of uppers is the best way for you to control your bunions. The shoes will protect your bunions as you walk and alleviate pain and prevent the bunion from getting worse over time.
To help with the pain that bunions do cause, no matter what precautions you take, you can use warm soaks, mixed with ice packs. Anti-inflammatory pain medication like ibuprofen, massagers and elevating your foot can also all help to address the pain caused by bunions. There are a few people who suffer from bunions that have had their toes realigned by stretching their feet using toe spacers or bunions splints.
This, however, is also only effective when you are wearing them, as soon as you remove them the benefit from them are gone and the pain will return. There is only one way to remove the bunion and that is with surgery, however, surgery is a last resort and you can manage your bunions at home until that time comes.
How to Prevent Bunions from Getting Worse?
By protecting your feet and being aware of any signs of trouble you can prevent bunions from appearing, or at least stop them from getting worse once they have appeared. Wearing supportive footwear is one of the best ways to ensure that you can prevent a bunion from worsening. However conversely if you wear the incorrect footwear you could actually worsen your bunion and this could lead to you having to have surgery to remove them.
Wearing flat shoes or shoes that do not offer you the correct support when you tend to pronate or roll your foot inwards when walking, can actually worsen the condition. You should look for certain features in your shoes when considering which ones to get to help you cope with bunions.
First, look for shoes that have a molded footbed, or a removable one.
The heel should be fairly low and the toe box of the shoe should offer enough width for your toes to have some breathing room. The toes of the shoes should also have a rounded shape and not pointed. Make sure that the shoe fits properly. Sizing is very important when it comes to buying the right kind of shoe for bunions. Preventing your foot from sliding in the shoe is equally important.
Wearing a pair of shoes the either have a Velcro strap or laces is one way to accomplish this. Slip-on shoes often have your foot sliding forward when you walk, this can cause your toes to experience trauma, all be it slight, every time you take a step, and over a long period of time, it can lead to the worsening of your bunion. Good trainers or sandals are an excellent choice when it comes to shoes that help you to manage your bunion.
Trainers often have the kind of support and cushioning you require when dealing with bunions and they also usually offer shock absorption, an excellent quality for bunions. Shoes that are designed to help you perform well when doing a sport are often some of the best for dealing with bunions too. Another option is to use orthotics or splints. There are a number of these that you can purchase over the counter instead of getting them from a podiatrist, which can be expensive.
If you are aware of the way you walk and know if you pronate or not, it will go a long way to you being able to get the right kind of support. If not, you can always approach your podiatrist who will examine your foot and indicate what kind of splint you will need to keep your big toe in a position that will prevent you from worsening your bunion and relieve any pain you might be experiencing.
Can Bunions be Reversed?
Bunions can only be reversed when surgically corrected. You can, however, manage them adequately with the right shoes, orthotics or splints.
Choosing the right footwear can save you a lot of pain and discomfort when dealing with bunions, it will also help you to protect your feet and manage the bunion so that it does not worsen over time. Having surgery, which is expensive and always a risk can be avoided if you make the right decisions when it comes to what shoes you wear.