There are several options to alleviate the symptoms of bunions and to prevent them from getting worse. However, there is not a definitive "bunion fixer" as the treatment will depend on the severity of the bunion and the individual's preferences.
Some of the most common non-surgical treatment options include:
Wearing shoes that fit well and have a wide toe box.
Using over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, to reduce pain and inflammation.
Applying ice to the bunion to reduce pain and swelling.
Wearing bunion pads or cushions to provide extra padding and protect the bunion from pressure and friction.
Stretching and strengthening exercises for the foot and toes to improve flexibility and strength.
Orthotics such as shoe inserts, which can help redistribute weight and pressure on the foot.
If the bunion is severe and non-surgical options have been exhausted, surgery may be recommended. There are several types of bunionectomy procedures, such as osteotomy, arthrodesis, exostectomy, and Lapidus procedure. Recovery time and the type of surgical procedure chosen will depend on the severity of the bunion, and the overall health of the patient.
It's important to remember that it is best to consult with a doctor or a podiatrist to evaluate the condition, monitor its progression, and provide the appropriate treatment and recommendations.