Many people wrongly think that bunions are small bumps on the side of the feet that will go away with time. Actually, these bumps are bone deformities that form from wearing ill-fitting shoes and can be very painful. Many sufferers choose surgery to relieve the pain associated with the bunions, but this can be costly and will put the person out of commission for several days. There are non-surgical options to help fix bunions and relieve the pain.
Wear orthotics, or shoe inserts, that reduce the abnormal foot movements that lead to bunions and make them worse. These inserts can be purchased through a podiatrist that will measure the feet and provide orthotics that fit your unique foot shape.
Wear comfortable fitting shoes that conform to the feet correctly. Whenever possible, go without shoes or wear sandals that do not cause any pressure on the feet.
Undergo physiotherapy that will help relieve the pain and partially correct the issue. This can come in the form of whirlpool baths or ultrasonic treatments are can be received through a doctor or podiatrist.
Wear over-the-counter padding and cushions on the big toe that will help provide comfort to the area and protect the big toe from distorting, which causes the bunions to become worse.
Wear a bunion night splint. These splints are designed to straighten the bunion and reduce its size while you sleep and can be purchased online or through a speciality shoe store.