Treatment Options for Bunions
By Dr. Eric Arp
January 11, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Here are some simple but helpful strategies to provide relief from your bunion pain.

If you’ve been told by our Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, podiatrists that you have a bunion, we know how important it is to be able to get your foot pain under control. You want to be able to do the things you love without worrying about whether your bunion is going to ruin the fun. While it’s always important to discuss lifestyle changes with your podiatrist when you have a bunion, some easy ways to manage your symptoms on your own include,

  • Resting your feet as much as possible and avoiding any activities that make the pain and swelling worse
  • Alternatively, you may find more relief from soaking your tired, sore feet in warm water with Epsom salts rather than icing (everyone is different, so test out both options to see which one provides better relief)
  • Make sure that you are wearing comfortable, supportive shoes that don’t bunch up your toes or put pressure on the bunion
  • Avoid wearing high heels (heels higher than 2 inches tall)
  • Perform stretching and strengthening foot exercises every day (a resistance band can be a helpful tool for performing some of these exercises to strengthen the muscles and tendons of the foot)
  • Talk to our podiatrist about whether your feet could benefit from custom orthotics (most people with bunions can benefit from orthotics because they correct faulty biomechanics that often leads to problems like bunions in the first place)
  • Massage your feet throughout the day to ease any discomfort and promote blood flow

So, what happens if home care just isn’t cutting it? If this is the problem you’re facing right now, then it’s time to come into our office for a consultation. We can talk about the treatment options you’ve tried and then recommend certain alternative options. Bunion surgery isn’t typically recommended or necessary unless you are,

  • Dealing with severe bunion pain and swelling
  • Experiencing persistent foot pain that is affecting your quality of life
  • Dealing with bunion symptoms that are unresponsive to nonsurgical treatment options
  • Having to miss out on activities and things you love to do because of your bunion

If you think you have a bunion, it’s important that you see a qualified podiatrist for a diagnosis and customized treatment plan. The team at ARP Foot & Ankle Clinic at the Harrison and Mountain Home clinic locations is here to help you get your bunion pain under control. Call us today at (870) 365-3668 or (870) 425-7363.