My best advice is to have an evaluation with a foot specialist when you first see a bunion developing or have any pain in your big toe joint, says Dr. Raspovic. There are a few conservative treatment options that can help improve discomfort. Shoes are often the cause of bunions, including high heels and shoes with narrow toes. continue reading thisAlthough, some who wear high heels never develop bunions. One of the easiest ways to prevent bunions is to wear the proper shoe, according to Dr. Raspovic. One of the best preventative and therapeutic measures for bunions is wearing the right shoe for your foot, especially one that avoids excessive pressure on your toes, she says. It can be helpful to go to a good store where you can get your feet accurately measured so you can then find the proper size and fit. Outside of changing shoes, one can wearing orthotics for arch support and take anti-inflammatory medication, if the problem persists. Surgery is only recommended when other approaches have failed and the pain is so severe that daily activities and quality of life are affected. Depending on the extent of ones surgery, the recovery time can take up to 12 weeks. The recovery is different for each patient based on what surgical intervention is needed to correct the bunion properly.
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When the bunion is irritated and painful, warm soaks, ice packs, and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen may help. Using ice to relieve pain and reduce swelling. You may be able to relieve pain and prevent bunions from progressing with conservative measures that take pressure off the DTP joint and improve foot mechanics. Bunions generally don’t require surgery unless there’s an underlying deformity that can’t otherwise be corrected or the pain becomes debilitating despite conservative treatment. Also, your doctor can help you tape your foot in a normal position. The small sesamoid bones found beneath the first metatarsal which help the flex or tendon bend the big toe downwards may also become deviated over time as the first metatarsal bone drifts away from its normal position. An ankle block numbs just your foot. If the bunion continues to cause pain and interferes with your normal daily activities, schedule an appointment with your physician.