Several alternative treatments exist for bunion problems. Your doctor will usually start with the most conservative.
Conservative treatments can include:
· Shoe changes
· Splint or
For bunions, the most important treatment is changing the type of shoes you wear. This involves wearing shoes with a wider toe box to decrease the pressure on the painful bunion and prevent pushing the big toe toward the smaller toes.
Medications, stretching and wearing a bunion splint may also be used to decrease the symptoms and slow the progression of a bunion deformity. Orthotics, which are custom fitted arch supports, in some cases may help relieve the pressure and decrease the pain from the bunion deformity and may help prevent progression. For mild deformities, these treatments are often successful but as the bunion gets worse, their effectiveness decreases.
If your symptoms are not relieved with conservative treatment, surgery is often recommended.
If you still have questions, you should discuss the different alternative methods for surgery with your doctor and decide which one, if any, is appropriate for you.