Currently, no strong
evidence points to the best treatment for bunions. But in most cases, you can
treat them at home. This includes taking medicine you can buy without a
prescription to relieve toe pain. It also helps to wear shoes that do not hurt
your feet. For example, avoid high heels or narrow shoes. You can wear pads to
cushion the bunion, and in some cases, you can use custom-made shoe inserts
Avoid activities that put pressure on your big toe
and foot. But don't give up exercise because of toe pain. Try activities that
don't put a lot of pressure on your foot, such as swimming or bicycling.
Surgery to correct a bunion may be an option if other treatment does not
relieve pain. There are different types of surgery for bunions. You and your
doctor can decide which one is best for you.
Proper footwear may
prevent bunions. Wear roomy shoes that have wide and deep toe boxes (the area
that surrounds the toes), low or flat heels, and good arch supports. Avoid
tight, narrow, or high-heeled shoes that put pressure on the big toe
Medicine will not prevent or cure bunions.