5 Tips to Alleviate Bunion Pain at Home

Bunion Pain from High HeelsJust in time for your Thanksgiving shopping, Farm2Table Trading Post is being held in Wheat Ridge, CO, on Saturday, November 22. Here’s your chance to get fresh, locally grown produce and compassionately raised animal products for that special Thanksgiving Day dinner menu. The event is a chance to meet your local farmers and ranchers, see cooking demonstrations, and enjoy live music. If bunion pain is tempting you to stay at home instead of enjoying an event like this, here are some tips to alleviate your discomfort.

  • Check the fronts of your shoes to make sure they match the contour of your toes, instead of pinching them together. The toes should be able to lie straight and flat, with a finger’s width of room at the end, and the heel should fit snugly into the back of the shoe.

  • Check the heels on your shoes to make sure they are 2 inches or less. This will keep your feet from being pushed forward into the toe of the shoe.

  • Buy a non-medicated bunion pad that surrounds the bump and cushions it against any pressure from your socks or footwear.

  • Use a cloth-covered ice pack on the sore area to reduce swelling and pain. Do this for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 or 4 times a day. Elevate your foot while the ice is on it to help even more.

  • Massage the bunion and gently pull your toes up, down, and side to side to stretch the muscles and tendons and keep your toe limber.

Finally, call Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center at (303) 423-2520 to set up an appointment. We may be able to help you by fitting you with custom orthotics that will help correct faulty foot mechanics that are contributing to your deformity. We can also prescribe other pain relief treatment or physical therapy that may help. As a last resort, we can do surgical procedures to re-position the bones and bring more permanent relief for your bunion pain. Call today, or request an appointment on our website.

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