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Understanding Bunions

How Are Bunions Treated?

Your doctor may recommend different treatment options depending on your particular injury and symptoms.

Rest Up and Dress Right.
Resting your feet more often can go a long way toward alleviating the irritating pain of a bunion. Make sure the shoes you wear have a roomy toe box and a low heel so not to crowd the toes. Remember, well-fitting shoes will be comfortable from the start.

Manage the Pain.
Your doctor may prescribe or recommend the use of anti-inflammatory medications (like aspirin or ibuprofen) and cold packs that will help to reduce inflammation as well as the pain associated with your bunion. Sometimes a local injection of cortisone at the base of the big toe helps to further reduce inflammation.

Get the Right Support.
Orthotic devices sometimes help. A bunion splint worn at night or custom-made shoe insoles provide support, and may have the added benefit of helping to reposition the mis-aligned joint.

Understand Your Surgical Options.
If you are still experiencing bunion pain after all other conservative measures have been taken, your doctor may suggest surgery to help relieve your pain and restore your mobility. Bunion surgery often involves removing the unwanted bony growth and re-aligning the big toe. Today, a full range of surgical solutions are available that enable your doctor to customize the procedure to your particular needs and anatomy – whether you need joint support or surgery.

Be sure to talk with your doctor about the best treatment option for you.

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