Many options are available to reduce bunion pain
There are several ways that an individual can help alleviate pain and inflammation stemming from a bunion.
For bunion-sufferers, each step can cause a jolt of pain through the joint of the big toe. The discomfort can be so intense that some people are willing to have surgery to fix the bony deformity.
However, considering the risks of bunion surgery, it may be a good idea to first try some non-invasive methods of pain relief.
Topical pain relievers come in lotion, cream or gel form and are applied directly to the affected area. The medication is absorbed through the skin, and works well on mild pain, reported CoreConcepts.com. These treatments may be a good option for individuals with small bunions, or those who wish to avoid taking drugs that circulate through the body.
The website also said that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - like ibuprofen or aspirin - can help to alleviate pain and inflammation.
MedicineNet.com has reported that icing bunions or other sources of foot pain can temporarily relieve discomfort. Additionally, the source said that better fitting shoes can help reduce pain.