As you age, you begin to notice changes in your body that may limit you in living a lifestyle that you love. Bunions are one of these changes that can hinder your activity level and cause pain, soreness, a burning sensation, or inflammation in your feet—and can even severely confine your mobility.
Defined as a musculoskeletal condition, a bunion throws your foot bones out of alignment over a gradual period of time. You may not even realize you’re susceptible to bunions until you’re older.
While surgery is most likely the only option to offer potential lifetime relief, there are nonsurgical ways to be comfortable.
Easing the Pain
Protective Foot Gear
There are many kinds of foot accessories to wear to help protect bunions and reduce the stress and pain they cause. While these over-the-counter devices won’t eliminate bunions, they can make your feet more comfortable through the day and at night:
- Bunion sleeves
- Bunion night splints
- Toe spreaders
- Support socks
- Moleskin or gel pads
Choose shoes with wide toe boxes and that aren’t narrow or pointy. Athletic footwear like running or walking shoes, and even some European brand shoes, offer more room and support vs. what high heels, a majority of boots, and even flats can offer.
Heat, Ice, and Topical Analgesics
Icing your bunions (your best friend after a surgical procedure) or using a heating pad (not recommended for diabetics or those with poor circulation) helps with the inflammation, while cooling gels and creams that contain capsaicin or menthol provide cooling relief.
Talk to Your Doctor about Surgery
Depending on your age and severity of your bunion(s), you may want to explore surgery. With a multitude of different bunion removal surgery options, there is no standard, one-size-fits-all choice; however, you can probably count on it being a less-invasive outpatient procedure.
If you do opt for surgery, you may qualify for a clinical research study of an investigational pain drug given after your visit to the operating room.
Salt Lake City Bunion Removal Study
If you qualify for the bunion removal study in Utah conducted by Jean Brown Research, you may receive:
- Study-related exam
- Study-related pain medication
Space in this bunion study is limited. To see if you qualify, please fill out and submit the form at Jean Brown Research Bunion Removal Study.