Supplements may help ease bunion pain
Glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate supplements may reduce wear and tear caused by bunions.
Individuals who have bunions and don't want to resort to painful, expensive bunion surgery have a number of non-invasive options to alleviate discomfort and, in some cases, possibly help reduce the appearance of the bony protrusion.
Some research has suggested that glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate supplements can help stimulate cartilage production in the joints, which may come as good news to people experiencing worn-out metatarsal joints from their bunions.
Cortisone injections at affected joints have also been known to relieve pain, but the effects are likely to be temporary, especially for a progressive condition like a bunion.
As a result, it may be best to pair one of these treatments with the use of bunion splints or orthotics. These devices work to provide support to the foot, as well as hold the joint of the big toe in place, which may help correct deformities when used over a period of time.