Relief For Bunions
When it comes to bunions, there are two schools of thought. One is that they’re genetic and if your parents or grandparents were walking around with painful and unsightly bunions, you’ll probably be doing it too. Some experts contend that poor-fitting footwear is the real problem. But all experts agree on one thing: there are effective ways to deal with your bunions.
CHOOSE SHOES CAREFULLY. The American Academy of Orthopedic surgeons suggests selecting shoes that offer a wide instep, soft soles and plenty of room in the toes. Make sure heels are no higher than 2 1/4 inches. Don't wear tight, short and very pointy shoes, and make sure your shoes are roomy. Have them stretched if necessary. Use a cushioned bunion pad to prevent additional irritation.
OPT FOR ARCH SUPPORT. This will help transfer pressure away from the bunion. Over-the-counter arch supports will not work as well as a quality custom-made orthotic, but they may help. Instead of slippers, use a sandal with an arch support to wear around the house.
WEAR SOCKS. Socks help by reducing friction on the bunion and by providing cushion. Choose socks without a seam over the bunion.
FOR PAIN RELIEF. Ice your bunion for ten minutes each evening. Also, consider using a topical pain reliever.Before choosing a treatment, speak with your podiatrist. Surgery may also be an option.