Bunions are an enlargement of the big toe or hallux joint of the foot are often occuring with a deviation in the angle of the great toe. The only real method of getting rid of bunions is by using surgery, however there are several non-surgical solutions that could be considered which may lead to some modest improvement in the angle of the great toe which helps relieve any symptoms which the bunion might have. These are more prevalent in females and much more common in those that wear inadequately fitting shoes. There is also a genetic element of them as well, but that is not well understood.
What can be done in order to avoid surgery? Bunion correctors are braces which can be typically used at night and are speculated to correct the angle of the big toe. They do generally assist at improving the angle of the hallux a few degrees following a month or so. These bunion splints also aid in keeping the toes flexible and can lessen some of the pain that you might get inside the joint. Also, exercises to stretch out and keep the big toe joint mobile is also likely to assist with the symptoms, but it will possibly not make the lump go away nor improve the angle of the big toe. Often padding can be used to get the force of the bunion from the footwear. They may be irritating to wear, but they are very helpful if the shoe pressures on the bunion is a part of the issue. By far the most important thing to do is to get the footwear right. The footwear have a significant part in causing the bunion as well as advancing it faster when they do not fit adequately. People that have bunions really do have to get out of the sort of shoes which could have resulted in the problem and get wearing shoes that don't put strain on the enlargement.