A bunion is a bump that forms on the outside of the big toe. This foot deformity occurs from years of pressure on the big toe joint (the metatarsophalangeal, or MTP, joint). Eventually, the toe joint gets out of alignment, and a bony bump forms.
- Applying ice to a sore bunion for 20 minutes several times per day can help reduce swelling. A person should wrap ice in a thin cloth before applying it to the skin.
- Elevate the foot whenever possible.
- Soak the foot in warm water with Epsom salts.
- Under a doctor’s guidance, wear a splint at night to hold the toe straight and ease discomfort.
- By taking NSAIDS like Ibuprofen etc.
- Buy well-fitting footwear that’s wide in the toe region.
- Massage the whole foot area.
- Protecting the bunion with a moleskin or gel filled pad.
Dr.P.Senthil Selvam, PhD
Professor & HOD, School of Physiotherapy, VISTAS, Chennai.
Dr.D.Hepzibah Rubella, MPT (Ortho)
Research Scholar, School of Physiotherapy, VISTAS, Chennai.