Health Tip: Treating Bunion Pain

Here's what you can do

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(HealthDay News) -- If you've got a painful, swollen bump at the base of your big toe known as a bunion, you probably want to know what can be done for relief.

The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these possible options:

  • Apply a non-medicated bunion pad.
  • Wear comfortable shoes with plenty of room in the toes, and a low heel.
  • Apply an ice pack over the bunion when it becomes swollen, red or painful.
  • Tape up the foot to help keep the toe in position.
  • Take an anti-inflammatory medication to ease swelling and pain. Ask your podiatrist if you're a candidate for a cortisone injection.
  • Use orthotic shoe inserts to help keep the feet in better alignment.

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