How to Treat Bunions


Bunions (hallux valgus) are large bumps which form on the joint at the bottom of your big toe. It is one of the most common foot disorders. They occur due to pressure on your big toe as it leans towards neighboring toes, when it should be pointing straight ahead. This crowding and overlapping of your toes can cause severe discomfort, reddening of the skin and inflammation on the side of your big toe.

They may form due to faulty foot structures (genetics), trauma or ill-fitted shoes. The best way to prevent a bunion is to not get them in the first place. Consult your qualified podiatrist if you suspect that a bunion may be forming.

Here are some measures for treatment of bunions

  • Wear shoes that are a perfect fit for your feet. Avoid tight-fitted, high heels or pointy shoes which may cause heightened stress levels and overlapping of your toes.

  • Opt for shoes that have extra padding and cushioning. Padding may help reduce the pain.

  • Use proper medication to help relieve the pain caused by bunions.

  • Orthotics or shoe inserts may be used to help realign foot structure.

  • One may require surgery to treat a stubborn bunion.

If you notice a bunion forming or if it is keeping you away from carrying out your daily chores, it is essential that you let a foot care specialist take a look at it for evaluation and treatment options.

At Foot and Ankle Associates, LLP we keep current on all the newest advances in podiatric care to help serve you better. We treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, fungal disorders, toe deformities, diabetic foot, and arthritis. Our foot doctors can help you treat your foot and ankle problems by providing the best care and treatment. You can schedule an appointment by calling our offices in Garnet Valley, Kennett Square, West Grove, PA and Newark and Greenville, DE.