One of the easiest ways to treat bunions is to wear more comfortable shoes. Bunions develop when the deep toe box is too narrow, effectively pinching the toes. If you have a bunion, you should switch to shoes with roomier deep toe boxes, low or flat heels, and adequate arch support. Custom orthotics, such as bunion pads or insoles, can be worn inside the shoes to relieve the pressure on the big toe by distributing your weight better. A trained podiatrist like Dr. Moy can recommend the best orthotic for you.
Mole skin or felt patches can be worn over the bunion to prevent it from rubbing on the inside of your shoes. The pain can also be managed using over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen or aspirin. Dr. Moy can let you know which pain reliever is best suited for you. Ice packs can also be used to help reduce swelling. Ice should be kept in a cloth or towel and applied for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Your foot should be elevated during application.