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By Dr. Michael Stein
October 29, 2014
Category: Bunions

Relieve Bunion Pain at HomeWe get it—your life is busy. Here in the Bay Area, there’s so much to see: take in a show at San Jose’s City National Civic, bring the kids to the San Francisco Zoo, explore the great walking and hiking trails in Oakland’s East Bay Regional Park District. Although you should visit us whenever you have serious concerns about your feet and ankles, you may not have time to stop in every time your bunion pain flares up. Fortunately, there are a number of simple remedies you can use to relieve bunion pain at home.

The first measure may be the easiest - wear better shoes. Wide, flexible soles and stiff heel counters are best, as they keep your foot in place and provide ample room for the bump. Avoid high heels - the higher the heel, the more pressure on the bunion.

In terms of physical accommodations, a little padding on the bump defends against friction. Try a moleskin or gel-filled pad. Splints might be tough to deal with during the day, but there’s no reason you couldn’t use one at night while you sleep. When you need quick relief, a little ice or massage often works wonders. If your doctor approves anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, you could try those too.

Then there’s physical therapy—toe stretches are a great way to reduce tightness and pain, increase flexibility, and strengthen weakened muscles, all of which help keep you mobile and can help prevent the deformity from getting worse. Some of our favorites:

  • Press your toes against a wall to stretch them; do three or four sets of 10 seconds each, then flex your toes the other way and repeat.
  • Wrap a towel or resistance band around your toes and pull on the band while pushing forward with your toes.
  • Roll a golf ball under your foot for a few minutes to massage your sole and fight cramping.
  • Use your toes to grip objects. Place a number of small objects on the floor, pick them up, and place them in a bowl. Alternatively, you can grasp a small towel with your feet and pull it back and forth.

To learn more about bunion care or to schedule an appointment with the Bay Area’s leading bunion experts, call Foot Doctor of the East Bay at (510) 483-3390. Our three convenient offices serve the entire region with the highest quality foot and ankle care.

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