Bunions are permanent and may require surgical correction. Early treatment is focused on limiting or stopping the progression of the bunion, decreasing pain and pressure, lowering inflammation, and improving the functionality of your foot.
Your provider usually performs a physical exam and sends you for on-site X-rays to evaluate the bunions and any possible deformities of the bones in your foot. Once a diagnosis is made, your provider might suggest various treatments for your bunion, including:
- Custom orthotics
- Surgical intervention
- Orthotics and orthopedic shoes
- Injections or oral medications to control pain, inflammation, and swelling
Supportive products and assistive devices like bunion shields, bandages, and night splints can also be helpful for bunions.