Non-surgical treatment options
In many cases, the symptoms of bunions can be treated without surgery. Some options that can relieve pain and aid mobility include:
Changes in footwear
- Wider, flat shoes that do not restrict the toes can relieve pressure on joints and ease discomfort
- Padding can cushion the bunion, protecting it from rubbing against the edge of the shoe
- Orthotics, or shoe-inserts, can take pressure off your feet and the bunion, reducing friction and pain
Icing the affected area
Over-the-counter medications such as NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen.
Surgical treatment options
While non-surgical treatments can ease the burden of living with bunions, they are by no means a long-term solution and do not correct the root cause of bunions. To ensure bunion pain doesn’t continue, mobility is preserved, and the appearance of your foot is improved, there are several surgical options your physician may recommend:
Soft tissue correction
Usually done in combination with bone alignment surgery (osteotomy), this procedure can shorten the loose tissues and lengthen the tight ones to create balance in the soft tissues around the big toe.
This procedure involves smaller cuts to the bones in the foot in order to realign the joint. Once cut, the surgeon fixes the break with pins, screws, and plates, making the bones straighter and the joint balanced.
This procedure involves removing the arthritic joint surfaces and inserting screws, wires, or plates to hold the surface together until healed.
This procedure involves removing the bump from the toe joint. It is usually performed in combination with soft tissue procedures, but even so, it rarely corrects the cause of bunions and does not prevent the bunion deformity from returning2
No bunion is created equal
Bunions are as unique as the people who have them. And the best treatment is the one that specifically addresses yours. Your doctor can help guide you through your treatment choices.
Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery. Only a physician can tell you if this product and associated procedure are right for you and your unique circumstances. Please consult with a physician for complete information regarding benefits, risks, anticipated implant duration and possible outcomes.