Bunions don't have to be a part of your life - contact Carolina Podiatry to eliminate that pain.Here’s some bad news we hate breaking to patients who hobble in with bunion pain: if you want to “correct” a bunion—that is, make the bump itself go away—surgery is your only option. The condition is considered progressive, which means it will not get better on its own.

But that’s not the end of the story! If you seek help early and take care of your feet, you can halt the progress of your deformity and get the pain under control before surgery becomes necessary. The bunion may still be there, but if conservative treatments allow you to stay fully active without pain, then you may not need to bother with the knife.

Some tips to get the pain under control—before it controls you:

  • Make sure your shoes give your toes plenty of space! Roomy sneakers with wide toe boxes can significantly reduce painful friction that can make the problem worse. Avoid high heels and narrow, pointed dress shoes.

  • Most drug stores offer moleskin or gel-filled pads that you can place over your bunion to protect it from friction and stress.

  • If your bunion is caused by a faulty foot structure that places excess weight on the affected joint, shoe inserts or a custom orthotic may be especially beneficial. We can help you find the right set (or customize one for you).

  • Splinting or “buddy taping” the toe in a straight position overnight while you sleep can help ease discomfort.

  • Each pound of body weight translates into several pounds of force per step, so if you’re overweight, getting back into a healthy range can significantly lessen the load on your bunion.

  • OTC anti-inflammatories (like ibuprofen) and occasional application of ice packs can help reduce pain and swelling when necessary.

Although we are experts in bunion surgery, the podiatrists at Carolina Podiatry Group always exhaust conservative options first. If we can spare you the knife, we will, but that means you need to take action first. If you notice a bunion beginning to form, give us a call at 888-569-9559 to set up an appointment in Lancaster, Rock Hill, or Indian Land, SC.

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