Bunion Treatments

Non-surgical treatment is the most common way to treat bunions. Options may include:

  • Changing footwear to shoes that do not compress or put pressure on the toes
  • Adding padding to cushion the painful area over the bunion
  • Orthotics and other devices to take pressure off the bunion
  • Shoe inserts or toe spacers
  • Icing several times a day for 20 minutes at a time

If non-surgical treatments are unsuccessful, you may be a candidate for surgery. Surgery may also be indicated if you have:

  • Significant pain in the foot that limits everyday activities, like walking
  • Significant toe deformity with the big toe drifting towards the other toes
  • Chronic big toe inflammation and swelling that does not improve
  • The inability to bend and straighten the big toe, or stiffness in the big toe