Usually those bumps on your foot can be treated without bunion surgery. At home you can control your weight, choose different shoes, use protective pads, and take any pain medication we advise.
Other remedies include warm soaks, icing, massage, and ultrasound therapy, as well as wearing a shoe insert or custom orthotic to relieve pressure from the joint as you walk. Sometimes a stretching regimen may help, or we may prescribe a splint worn at night while you sleep that helps hold the toe in a better position (more helpful in the very early stages).
As long as the pain is bearable and doesn’t interfere with your normal activities, conservative treatment for bunions may be all you ever need. However, when the deformity in your toe joint becomes extreme or the pain means you can’t even walk around the block in athletic shoes, it’s time to consult our experts—Dr. David Laurino, Dr. Antonius Su, and Dr. Darick Freestone—for possible surgery.
You can reach Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona in the Phoenix area by calling (480) 963-9000 or (480) 981-1800 to set up a visit at our Chandler or Gilbert, AZ office.