Bunions are one of the most common foot conditions that we help people with on a regular basis. However, if it was up to the patient, they would address the problem on their own without our assistance. But is that even possible? In today’s blog, we take a closer look at whether or not you can shrink a bunion on your own or if you’ll need help from a specialist.
Reducing The Size Of Your Bunion Without Surgery
A bunion develops when your big toe joint begins to shift, leading to the onset of a bony prominence on the outside of your foot at the joint. Oftentimes the bunion is caused by stress and unnatural pressure on the area, and due to the shape and structure of our foot, it’s not really possible to use conservative techniques to put counter pressure on the area to shift the joint back to its normal position.
With that said, you absolutely have some control over the condition. By following a few steps, you can help slow or stop the progression of your bunion, as well as reducing and possibly even eliminating symptoms. Here’s a look at how you can help prevent the worsening of your bunion so that you may be able to avoid future bunion surgery.
- Switch To Roomier Shoes – Bunions are typically brought on by abnormal pressure caused by ill-fitting shoes. If you’re regularly wearing high heels, narrow-toed shoes or tight steel toe work boots, you can exacerbate your bunion. Wear shoes with a wide toe box, and really limit the amount of time you spend in shoes that put stress on your big toe joint.
- Lose Weight – Your feet are tasked with handling the stress of your body, so the more you weigh, the more pressure they have to disperse. This also means that heavier people will have more pressure on their big toe joint as they walk or stand, which can contribute to joint shifting. Lose weight to take pressure off your feet, and you just may notice that your bunion symptoms are alleviating.
- Ice – Icing won’t do much for addressing the underlying joint issue, but it can help to calm inflammation and irritation in the area. This can help to reduce the size of the area if swelling has developed. Icing won’t actually reduce the size of your bunion, but it can help control some of the side effects it can cause, which is also helpful.
- Orthotic Inserts – A foot specialist can take a look at your foot and recommend an orthotic insert that helps to shift how stress is dispersed on your foot. It can help provide extra support for areas so that certain parts of your feet aren’t handling excess pressure and contributing to joint shifting. These inserts can also provide more protection for the joint itself.
- Anti-Inflammatory Medication – Similar to icing, anti-inflammatory medications can help to reduce inflammation in the area that could be making movement painful. Again, it won’t help address the root issue with your big toe joint, but it can help to reduce swelling and make life with a bunion more bearable. If you’re going to use anti-inflammatory medications to help with your bunion, make sure you’re doing it alongside other techniques on this list for best results.