Home remedies for bunion and great toe joint pain:
The great (1st) toe joint deformity is very common and is the result of a bunion or limited range of motion. Both conditions can exist together and each causes pain and arthritis in a slightly different way.
Bunions are most often caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot. It is not the bunion itself that is inherited, but certain foot types that make a person prone to developing a bunion. Although wearing shoes that crowd the toes won’t actually cause bunions, it sometimes makes the deformity get progressively worse. Symptoms may therefore appear sooner.
Surgery should be your last resort.
One of the best options is to attempt a true functional custom foot orthotic made by our office. If this is impractical for any reason, in the short term a nice option and reasonably priced is an OTC insert, supportive sandals and a supportive athletic shoe. While these options may not stop the bunion from progressing, it may relieve some of the discomfort.
If you cannot see a podiatrist right away, however, here are some bunion self treatments that you can do on your own to decrease bunion pain.
Options to try if you cannot be seen by one of our physicians:
1. Use an OTC arch support in your shoes. This will act to transfer force and stress off the area of the bunion. OTC arch supports will not work as well as a quality custom orthotic, but will help. A nice OTC insert which will relieve some pressure at the site of the bunion is the P3 Full Length Orthotic or the Superfeet found at REI.
2. Instead of slippers, use a sandal with an arch support to wear around the house. This will act to decrease pressure on your big toe joint. One option is the : Wave Flip-flop Sandal- online and local shoe stores for its superior arch support.
3. There are several types of toe separators in gel or foam which may reduce the pressure between the 1st and 2nd toes. Here is one type you may find helpful: Sandal Gel Toe Spreader
4. Use a pad over the bunion deformity.
If your pain continues please see one of our specialists today. Many times the condition is progressive and the earlier treatment is implemented the easier it is to control.