Treatment For Bunions
A bunion (hallux valgus) is a deformity of the base joint of the big toe. The cause is not clear in many cases.
The deformity may cause the foot to rub on shoes, which may cause inflammation and pain. Good footwear is often all that is needed to ease symptoms. An operation to correct the deformity is an option if good footwear does not ease symptoms.
Good footwear is often all that is needed
Wearing good footwear does not cure the deformity but may ease symptoms of pain and discomfort. Ideally, get footwear advice from a person qualified to diagnose and treat foot disorders (podiatrist - previously called a chiropodist).
Advice may include:
- Wear shoes, trainers or slippers that fit well and are roomy.
- Don't wear high-heeled, pointed or tight shoes.
- You might find that shoes with laces or straps are best, as they can be adjusted to the width of your foot.
- Padding over the bunion may help, as may ice packs.
- Devices which help to straighten the toe (orthoses) are still occasionally recommended, although trials investigating their use have not found them much better than no treatment at all.
Painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen may ease any pain. If the bunion (hallux valgus) develops as part of an arthritis then other medication may be advised. A course of antibiotics may be needed if the skin and tissues over the deformity become infected.
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