Among some of the most common ailments found in podiatry patients are dreaded bunions. Many people don’t realize they have a bunion, especially if it’s been there a long time or hasn’t become noticeably painful. However, if it has become uncomfortable, there’s no doubt that you may have tried at home or store-bought remedies to ease the discomfort. These methods can work for some and keep it at bay from developing further, but nothing can outmatch the support and treatment of our trained podiatrists.
Sometimes the “do-it-yourself” method is a necessary trial-and-error process before realizing an appointment is needed. You may wonder what DIY treatments for bunions you can perform at home. Here are the top 3 do-it-yourself methods for managing bunion discomfort at home:
- The sling: Whether it’s a literal sling or a splint, the main goal here is to keep your big toe straight. This takes some pressure off of the bony growth and can provide relief from discomfort, as well as possibly slowing down the process of it developing further. People commonly wear these to bed!
- The cushion: Wearing shoes becomes a hassle when you’ve got bunions because of how its material rubs up against the tender bony growth. A bunion cushion provides relief by creating a soft barrier to lessen the impact and friction between your bunion and shoe.
- The insert: If you haven’t already used them, shoe inserts are a fantastic way to take your foot health to the next level. You’ve heard of inserts for heel or arch pain, but did you know there are inserts made for aligning the foot to relieve bunion discomfort? Combined with other methods, this can be a great way to slow down the progression of a bunion.
There are many ways to manage the discomfort that accompanies a bunion, but not every relief method will work for everyone. When relief methods aren’t working for you, it’s definitely time to see the foot doctor! Ask Dr. Scott McKinney at your next appointment what options are available for you. Send us a message or call us today at (713) 946-1500 to get penciled in at one of our 8 convenient locations in the Houston area and surrounding towns.