Because they are bone deformities, bunions do not resolve by themselves. The goal for bunion treatment is twofold: first, to relieve the pressure and pain caused by irritations, and second to stop any progressive growth of the enlargement.
Commonly used methods for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions include:
- Protective padding, often made from felt material, to eliminate the friction against shoes and help alleviate inflammation and skin problems.
- Removal of corns and calluses on the foot.
- Changing to carefully fitted footwear designed to accommodate the bunion and not contribute toward its growth.
- Orthoticdevices—both over-the-counter and custom made—to help stabilize the joint and place the foot in the correct position for walking and standing.
- Exercises to maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness or arthritis.
- Splints for nighttime wear to help the toes and joint align properly. This is often recommended for adolescents with bunions, because their bone development may still be adaptable.
Depending on the size of the enlargement, misalignment of the toe, and pain experienced, conservative treatments may not be adequate to prevent progressive damage from bunions. In these cases, bunion surgery, known as a bunionectomy, may be advised to remove the bunion and realign the toe. Dr. Kalish will assess which surgery is best for you.
A Special Note For Flight Attendants
Spending your days standing at 30,000 feet can be excruciatingly painful and can actually make your bunions worse. Dr. Kalish has operated on hundreds of flight attendants who have suffered from painful bunions and knows how important it is to their career to get them back in the air in record time. Our convenient Jonesboro office and surgery center is just a short drive from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport so we invite you to visit us at your convenience. Your feet will thank you!