About Bunion Relief
The common bunion is a localized area of enlargement of the inner portion of the joint at the base of the big toe. The enlargement actually represents additional bone formation, often in combination with a misalignment of the big toe. A less common bunion is located at the joint at the base of the smallest (fifth) toe. This bunion is sometimes referred to as a tailor's bunion.
Bunion pain can be painful to deal with, especially when it affects how you walk and which shoes you can wear. Since a bunion occurs at a joint, where the toe bends in normal walking, your entire body weight rests on the bunion at each step. Bunions may be just one of several problems due to weak or poor foot structure.
Nonsurgical treatments involve simply resting the foot by avoiding excessive walking and wearing loose (wider) shoes or sandals can often relieve the irritating pain of bunions. Walking shoes may have some advantages, for example, over high-heeled styles that tug the big toe outward.
To reduce tension on the inner part of the joint of a bunion, stretching exercises are sometimes prescribed. A bunion splint is an orthotic device that is usually worn at night and can provide further relief. Depending on the structure of the foot, custom insoles might add further support and repositioning.