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What can you do for your bunions?

BMJ Group Medical Reference

Here are some things you can try to stop your bunions getting worse and make them hurt less. [18]

  • Wear roomy, comfortable shoes that have lots of space for your toes. Don't wear shoes that are too tight, too narrow, or too pointed.

  • Wear shoes that have laces or buckles that you fasten. Shoes that fasten up give your foot more support than slip-on shoes.

  • Wear flat shoes or shoes with a low heel. High heels force your toes into the front of your shoes and crowd them. This can make your bunions worse.

  • Put a pad on your bunion. Covering your bunion with a pad may protect it from pressure and rubbing, so it won't hurt as much.

  • Ask your doctor about painkillers. These include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ( NSAIDs for short), such as ibuprofen. NSAIDs might help with your pain and swelling.

  • Ask about insoles you put in your shoes. Doctors call these orthoses. The way you walk can put extra stress on your big toe joint. Shoe insoles may stop the stress and the pain for a short while. For more, see Shoe insoles.

  • Ask about splints you wear at night. You can wear these to hold your toes straight while you sleep. For more, see Night splints.

  • Ask about exercises. Your doctor can suggest exercises to make the muscles in your big toe stronger. For example, you can try putting your feet side by side and moving your big toes towards each other three or four times a day.


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Last Updated: January 19, 2011
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.

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