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Non-Surgical Treatment of Bunions

A bunion, a bony protrusion at the base of the big toe, results from bone, tendon, and tissue misalignment. This condition causes the big toe to angle towards the smaller toes. Non-surgical treatments aim to manage pain, reduce swelling, and slow bunion progression. Appropriate footwear plays a vital role, and choosing spacious, bunion-friendly shoes that allow toe room is essential, while avoiding pointed or tight shoes is advisable. Wearing orthotics can improve comfort, arch support, and weight distribution. Additionally, splints and toe spacers can help maintain toe alignment and alleviate pressure on the toes. Engaging in specific exercises can enhance flexibility, relieve pain, and strengthen foot muscles. Although these methods can alleviate symptoms and slow bunion progression, they do not correct the underlying bone misalignment. Surgery may become necessary for severe pain or when conservative treatments prove ineffective. If you have a bunion that is causing discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for pain-relieving treatment.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Springfield Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.


  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development


  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Springfield, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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