Whether your bunion is caused by your lifestyle or genetics, it’s not going to go away on its own. Without proper bunion care, this painful bump may only get worse as time goes on. Learning some tips on how to stop bunion pain can help you to get relief and prevent your affected joint from growing larger.
1. Choose Wider Shoes
Wearing shoes with heels higher than two inches causes all of your weight to move to the front of your foot. Additionally, pointed-toe shoes and those that narrow toward the front force your big toe inwards, resulting in pain and potentially causing your bunion to get worse.
Instead, choose wider shoes to give your toes adequate space to remain in the proper position and to keep the sides of the footwear from rubbing against the bunion. Consequently, certain styles of slippers can also put too much pressure on your big toe, so switch to sandals or a smooth pair of slipper socks that won’t put any pressure or friction on the bunion.
2. Use Shoe Inserts
Even with wider shoes, it’s important for your feet to fit inside properly when you’re moving about. There is a wide range of shoe inserts and arch supports that can be purchased over the counter or online. Proper alignment of the foot can allow the arch to hold more of your weight, giving your toes and bunion a break.
You might want to speak with your health care provider to refer you to a specialist if over-the-counter options don’t provide you with enough relief. A qualified provider can have an orthotic device designed specifically for you that fits inside your shoes to provide the appropriate support.
3. Buy Protective Pads
Special pads can provide cushioning for your bunion. Be sure to choose a pad that fits comfortably without shifting, which can cause friction and lead to blistering and additional pain. Most bunion pads or cushions can be worn inside of your current footwear, especially if you’ve already decided on wider shoes.
Silipos bunion-care products are designed to provide comfort, reduce friction and stay in place even while you’re engaged in activities. The unique design clings to the skin to prevent slippage and abrasions as it moves with your foot instead of against it. There are several options of bunion shields and toe separators to choose from that keep the big toe from leaning inward toward the second toe.
4. Maintain a Healthy Weight
Since your feet must bear the entire weight of your body while standing or engaged in activities, how much you weigh can impact bunion pain. Losing a few pounds may be enough to relieve some additional pressure from your foot for additional comfort.
5. Give Your Feet Some Love
Foot massages, whirlpools, and warm soaks are good ways to increase circulation and reduce pain. If you’ve been on your feet all day, use an ice pack for about 10 minutes to reduce inflammation before enjoying a soothing warm foot bath. If you’re diabetic, be sure to check with your doctor regarding foot soaks and water temperatures.