It is possible to reduce the size of a bunion or alleviate symptoms associated with it, but it is not always possible to completely get rid of a bunion. The treatment options available depend on the severity of the bunion and any accompanying symptoms. Some common non-surgical treatment options include:
- Wearing wide-toed shoes or shoes with a low heel
- Using shoe inserts or padding to reduce pressure on the bunion
- Using ice to reduce inflammation and pain
- Taking over-the-counter pain medication
If non-surgical treatments are not effective, a doctor may recommend surgery. Surgery to correct a bunion is called a bunionectomy. There are different types of bunionectomy procedures, but most involve removing the bony bump and realigning the big toe. Surgery is usually successful in reducing pain, improving the shape of the foot and allowing the patient to wear more comfortable shoes.
It's important to consult with a doctor or a podiatrist who can determine the best course of treatment for your individual condition.