Get relief from bunion pain with treatment for bunions without surgery and helpful bunion care advice.

A bunion will usually appear as a protruding bony bump at the base of your big toe.

Your big toe is the hardest working toe. For every step you take this toe supports your body's weight. This means a misalignment of the toe or protrusion of the joint can cause friction and pain when wearing shoes.

If you have a bunion on the baby toe this is called a bunionette or Tailors Bunion.

For bunion relief there are a number of conservative treatment for bunions and with ongoing bunion care and prevention, relief can be achieved for most people.

But firstly...

What causes Bunions?

The most common cause of Bunions is poor fitting footware. There is a higher incidence among women than men due to fashion shoes with pointy-toe boxes. This doesn't leave enough room for the toes in the toe box.

Foot type - if you have feet that pronate or roll inward excessively when walking you may have a higher tendency for forming bunions. This causes an imblance of the muscles and tendons around the big toe joint.

Family history of bunions

Treatment for bunions and bunion care

  • Wear well fitting shoes with a wide toe box. This is the most important change you can make for increasing your comfort. FootSmart has a shoe called the Aetrex Women's Molly Mary Jane which is especially designed for problem feet. The shoe stretches to accomodate the exact contours of your foot providing comfort for foot problems such as swollen feet, bunions, overlapping toes and hammertoes and is great to wear when travelling.

  • Avoid high-heeled shoes

  • If your bunion becomes inflamed or painful, apply an ice pack to the area several times to reduce swelling.

  • Apply a non-medicated commercial Bunion Comforter around the protruding bump to offer bunion relief and reduce friction. These are specifically designed for treatment for bunions.

  • Bunion Night Splints like the FootSmart Bunion Regulator can reduce the size of the bunion whilst gently stretching tight tendons and toe muscles. These are Podiatrist recommended for patients who don't want painful, costly bunion surgery and provide corrective support day and night for maximum relief.

  • Wear a Bunion Sleeve during the day. They can be worn inside roomier shoes during the day and apply a gentle, corrective force to help prevent the bunion deformity from getting worse.

  • If you develop hard skin on the bump, try a relaxing foot bath to soften skin and then rub down with a pumice block. Try these foot soak recipes, or homemade foot scrubs.

  • Get three highly recommended treatments in FootSmart's Bunion Pain Relief Kit. It contains the Bunion Regulator, Gel Toe Spreader and the Bunion Sleeve in one great value pack.

As always, seek professional podiatric evaluation and assistance with uncomfortable or noticeable bunions.