3 Easy Ways to Treat Bunions

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The bunion deformity that causes the big toe to bend into the other toes can be caused by a variety of factors, with heredity being one of the primary ones. Bunions tend to grow and cause the toe to bend further over time, but when treated early, the severe bending can be minimized and future surgery may be avoided. 

3 easy treatments for bunions include the following: 

  1. Bunion strap and toe spreader—A specially formed strap with Velcro fasteners can be worn while sleeping to pull the big toe away from the other toes. You can also wear toe spreaders to help keep the smaller toes from over or underlapping.

  2. Switch activities—Treating a bunion properly may involve switching to exercise activities that don’t put as much stress on your feet. Sticking to upper body activities and low impact sports like swimming and cycling can help remove some of the stress on the feet that is contributing to bunion pain.

  3. Wear the right shoes and orthotics—Properly fitted shoes with a wider toe box can accommodate the bunion bump and prevent rubbing that causes blisters and corns. Custom orthotic inserts can also be used to direct pressure away from the bunion. 

If these simple methods do not provide the necessary relief, surgery from your foot doctor may be required to straighten the toe and shave off the bunion bump. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey, including Monroe Township. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe Township/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155.