Non Surgical Bunion Treatment – When Is It Recommended?
When the bones or tissues around the base of the big toe become enlarged, it’s known as a bunion, and these tender toe terrors are thought to be caused by various types of questionable footwear, particularly the ill fitting sort or those that are pointy toed or oddly shaped.
There are various forms of both surgical and non surgical bunion treatment, and which is right for you will depend on how much having a bunion affects your quality of life. For people who experience only mild discomfort, various types of traditional and laser bunion surgery will likely be avoided due to not only the associated cost, but also the potential downsides of such a procedure such as problems walking after bunion surgery, lengthily recovery time, potentially adverse risks and bunion surgery complications (some of which can be severe such as having excessive pain, a numb big toe or tingling, infection and improper wound healing.)
For those looking for a non surgical bunion treatment, a trip to the pharmacy or the drug store will yield many potential devices and products designed specifically for those who have been recommended these types of treatment over surgery. Products like socks made specially to support bunion-laden feet, along with pads made of moleskin or other foot friendly materials that can provide cushion and support to the area where the bunion resides. Since swelling can occur in people with these foot maladies, particularly after a long day of walking or a day of shoe encased feet, over the counter NSAID’s can help alleviate the discomfort and mild pain and even help with swelling as temporary forms of non surgical bunion treatment. Another option for swelling relief can be employing the use of ice packs, which are useful for when the foot is intermittently swollen. Although not necessarily proven, some people find that relief can be found from physical therapy. This form of treatment may help people who find that walking is uncomfortable from time to time.
Most often, various forms of non surgical bunion treatment are recommended for people who have not found their quality of life compromised by having bunions, or those who only experience pain after particular triggers such as uncomfortable shoes or a long day of walking. Surgery is typically reserved for those that are unable to wear shoes at all, have immense mobility issues, or severe pain as a result of the bunions. Because of the risks involved with surgery, the costs and the long recovery time that can occur, non surgical bunion treatment is often the preferred method of treatment for most of these painful foot problems. However, surgery can be useful in people who have experienced painful symptoms or who wish to otherwise have the deformity corrected due to aesthetic reasons. It is important to remember that while symptom management is possible for some people with bunions, long term removal and correction is only possible with surgery, and that decision is one that you will need to weigh the pros and cons of to make the best choice for you.