What Is A Bunion? [Causes, Symptoms & Best Treatment]

What is a bunion? It is the #1 cause of big toe joint pain and eventually arthritis! We go over the signs, symptoms and best treatment!

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  • Big toe joint pain can be improved with a few simple treatment changes.
  • We are foot doctors & we see this problem get better almost every day.
  • The goal is to solve this problem without medication or surgery if possible.

So, let’s GO!

What causes tailor's bunions before and after

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  • The associated photos are pictures of bunions.
  • There are multiple stages of bunions ranging from minimal dislocation, to severe dislocation, to severe dislocation with arthritis.
  • It is important to note that the sesamoid bones dislocate from the big toe joint, and that it bunion itself is more of a dislocation injury than a arthritic injury.
  • Although we frequently see bunions that also have arthritis, and is much more likely.

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Causes of Big Toe Joint Pain:

Bunion:

  • A bunion is the beginning of the dislocation of the big toe joint.
  • The official term is subluxation, this is when the first metatarsal phalangeal joint starts to come out of the joint.
Bunion before and after
The foot on the left is a bunion. This is the subluxation or early dislocation of the big toe joint.

 

  • This usually means the big toe joint is starting to point towards the second toe, this forces the second toe to rise over the big toe if it gets bad enough.
  • This can contribute to forming a second toe hammer toe, as well as making the second, third, fourth, and fifth toes spread towards the outside of the foot.
  • You can also develop a bunion to your fifth toe, this is called a tailor’s bunion, or a tailor’s bunionette.

Bunion stages sesamoiditis

 

Turf Toe:

  • A turf toe injury is the hyperextension of the first metatarsal phalangeal joint, also known as a big toe joint sprain.
  • There are many tendons and ligaments and bones on the bottom of your big toe joint.
  • If you strain the tendons and ligaments, these can take many weeks or many months to heal.
  • If you ever watch professional football, or soccer, this is a very common sports injury when the big toe plants into the ground and all your body weight transfers over.
Turf Toe Injury
Turf Toe Injury is the hyperextension of your big toe joint.

 

Sesamoiditis:

  • There are two bones underneath your big toe joint called your sesamoids bones. These are the tibial sesamoid and the fibular sesamoid.
  • If the big toe joint becomes disrupted, such as in a bunion these can become dislocated sesamoids.

 

 

  • In sports such as basketball where there is a lot of pressure put on the big toe joint, this can lead to inflammation of the sesamoid bones. This is called the sesamoiditis.
  • If your sesamoiditis gets really bad, it is also possible to get a broken sesamoid, or sesamoid fracture.
  • It can be a good idea to see a podiatrist if you do have a broken or fractured sesamoid bone.
Bipartite sesamoid, fractured sesamoid treatment
This is an example of both sesamoids dislocating. This can lead to chronic sesamoiditis and pain.

 

Big Toe Joint Arthritis (AKA Hallux Rigidus):

  • Arthritis means that the cartilage is missing from your joint, this then prevents normal joint motion. Eventually as the damage keeps getting worse, the bone starts to crack, cause severe pain and eventually develop bone spurs and uneven bone at the site.
bone spurs big toe pain
Big toe joint arthritis can prevent bending of the big toe joint.
 
  • In your big toe joint when you start to lose some motion, this is called hallux limitus. Eventually this starts to lose complete motion and this is now called hallux rigidus. This means that your big toe joint is rigid and unable to move.
  • There are four stages to hallux rigidus,progressing from no arthritis to complete fused arthritis.
  • Hallux rigidus and big toe joint arthritis essentially mean the same thing.
  • This is a very common problem that we see especially in people who are on their feet all day, or have broken their toe in the past.
Big toe joint arthritis hallux rigidus bone spur
Big toe joint arthritis with a large bump forming. This can be very painful!

 

 

Flat Foot:

  • Flat feet can be caused by many different things, and flat feet result in many different problems.
  • The more your foot flattens, the more abnormal pressure is put onto your big toe joint. This can lead to abnormal pressure causing a dislocation also known as a bunion, or jamming of the cartilage which can lead to big toe joint arthritis or hallux rigidus.
  • Flat fee are very complicated topic, as you can have a bunion in a high arched foot as well, but generally it is the act of over pronation that causes your big toe joint to receive pressure and become agitated.
  • Controlling flat fee with more support has more pros than cons for sure.

Flat foot pain flat feet

 

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a painful swelling of the soft tissue, and bone enlargement over the inside of the ball of the big toe. Often the big toe will look as if it is bent in towards the other toes or even can lie across them.

 

severe bunion hallux valgus
This is a severe bunion to the point of dislocation.

Bunion Symptoms:

  • A bunion usually results in irritated skin around the bunion, pain when walking, joint redness and pain, and possible shift of the big toe toward the other toes. Corns, calluses and blisters are also very likely to form over time to create addition pain.
  • It is also very common for a bunion to eventually lead to the formation of a hammertoe to the second and eventually the third toe as well.
  • As the bunion and the other toes further deform, this can lead to difficulties finding properly fitted footwear and may force a person to buy a larger size shoe to accommodate the width the bunion creates.
  • If the bunion deformity becomes severe enough, the foot can hurt in different places even without the constriction of shoes.
bunion hallux valgus hallux rigidus big toe joint arthritis
This is an example of big toe joint arthritis combined with a bunion.

Symptoms Include:

  • Pain in and around the ball of the big toe. This can be from the bone rubbing too much on the shoes.
  • You may be unable to wear certain types of shoes.
  • The big toe appears to be bent inwards.
  • This is more due to the 1st metatarsal migrating outwards as shown in the image opposite.
  • Other causes of 1st MTPJ joint pain can include turf toe and gout.

Bunion surgery great toe joint fusion

 

What Causes Bunions?

  • Biomechanical factors can contributeto the development of bunions for example if you pronate excessively.
  • Wearing high heeled shoes regularly increases the risk of developing bunions.
  • Age increases the likelihood of developing bunions as the ligaments loose strength with age.
  • Although some experts are convinced that poor-fitting footwear is the main cause of bunion formation, some studies do show that footwear only exacerbates the problem caused by the original genetic structure.
  • Some people are much more likely to develop bunions than other people based on what their parents feet looked like!

 

Best Bunion Relief Infographic:

bunion pads bunion surgery

Bunion Home Treatment:

 

Can you reverse a bunion without surgery?

  • Separate the big toe and the next one with a 1 cm thick piece of foam, or try a bunion splint
  • Shield the bunions by cutting a hole for it in a piece of padding.
  • See a sports injury specialist or podiatrist and have orthotic devices made.

 

What can a specialist do?

  • They can make orthotic devices for your feet and in bad cases can refer you for an operation on the bunions.
  • Bunion surgery to realign the joint is a last resort.

 

Bunion Orthotic Treatment:

  • In our experience, approximately 50-75% of people with bunions feel good enough with orthotics and bracing that they never do require surgery.
  • The only downside of this is that the bunion is not fixed structurally.
  • This does prevent the bunion from getting worse going into the future.

 

Scientific Evidence of Orthotics:

  • Orthotics are now very proven devices.
  • There are hundreds of high level studies showing the clear effect of these outcomes.
  • Orthotics are now condition specific and not just cookie cutter molds that you can buy at the store.
  • There are many different modifications and adjustments throughout the process that need to be made.
  • The most important part is making sure they fit and function for you.
  • Think of orthotics as optical glasses, they need extensive evaluation to make the first place for sure. But once they are made you will not be able to go back to the pain you have had in the past.

 

Bunion Surgery:

Bunion surgery can be needed in some cases.

 

Watch our Bunion Surgery Video Guide!

There are numerous types of bunion surgeries, these include:

  • Chevron bunionectomy.
  • The first tarsal metatarsal joint bunionectomy. This can be also known as a Lapidus or let the plastic.
  • The first metatarsal joint effusion.
  • A distal metatarsal osteotomy.
  • A proximal metatarsal osteotomy.
bilateral big toe joint fusion for halllux rigidus bunion
This is an example of a bilateral screw based MTPJ fusion patient. This patient had it done many many years ago when plates were not the standard. The downside of this approach is that you have to protect a little bit longer at the beginning. But the end result is just as good!

 

Bunion Home Treatment:

  • If you have read the above causes and symptoms, and you are confident that that what you have is a bunion, then the below might be a good idea to look through.

 

Instant Pain Relief:

  • The key to instant pain relief is icing. For best results ice 20 minutes at a time.
  • Studies also show that bio freeze or other mental based creams can be very effective.
  • Studies do show that bio freeze can last two times as long as vice. This will give you excellent relief, especially when you’re going to bed in your foot is throbbing.

Best Foot & Ankle Muscle/Ligament Pain Relief Products
Best & Proven Pain Relieving Gel.
Roll On Version of Biofreeze Gel.
A giant container of value size biofreeze.
Menthol Based Ointment with Hemp Extract
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 4 oz. Tube, Pack of 3 (Packaging May Vary)
Biofreeze Pain Relief Roll-On, 3 oz. Roll-On, Fast Acting, Long Lasting, & Powerful Topical Pain Reliever, Pack of 3 (Packaging May Vary)
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 1 Gallon Pump, Green (Packaging May Vary)
HEMPACTIV Hemp Pain Relief Cream | Hemp + MSM + Arnica + Menthol | Relieve Muscle, Joint & Arthritis Pain | Effective Hemp Pain Cream | 2oz
Price:
$29.99
$26.40
$137.21
$29.99
Overview:
The Proven and Scientifically Published Menthol Based Gel
Same as biofreeze gel, but the roll-on is prefered by some people for their feet, less messy.
8.1 lbs(3.67 kg) of Value Sized Biofreeze!
This is an alternative cream: Basically Biofreeze + hemp extract.
Pros:
Scientifically proven to loosen up and relief pain up to 2x longer than Ice. Less effort than ice and great reviews. 900+ 5 star reviews on Amazon.
The roll-on application of this biofreeze can be easier to apply. Less overall mess.
If you know you already love it and trust the reviews. This is a great value that lasts a long time.
It has great reviews, loved by the all natural crowd. 100s of 5 star reviews with a near perfect rating.
Cons:
Don’t put this on open sores or mucous membranes, it will burn! It can run out quick and doesn’t prevent pain, just helps it.
Not as easy to spread in other areas, main difference is the roll on applicator, same solution.
A gigantic bottle that could fall over and injure you! Seriously this could be too big in some situations.
Basically looks like menthol(active Biofreeze ingredient), but with hemp extract SKYROCKETING the price.
Important Tips:
Menthol is the active ingredient in this and other hemp based creams. It works similar to ice, but once you apply it you can just move on rather than waiting 20 minutes. **Works great to get your through the night if you have pain sleeping**
Roll-on method is best for the bottom of the feet. No other real advantage. Most patients like it prior to bed for easy sleeping without foot pain.
If you know you love it, this stuff works all over the sore areas in your body not just your foot. I have had many people get me to order this for them in the past and LOVED IT!
The hemp extract is almost nothing and likely a marketing gimmick. It’s basically Biofreeze with some hemp extract raising the price.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Foot & Ankle Muscle/Ligament Pain Relief Products
Best & Proven Pain Relieving Gel.
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 4 oz. Tube, Pack of 3 (Packaging May Vary)
Price:
$29.99
Overview:
The Proven and Scientifically Published Menthol Based Gel
Pros:
Scientifically proven to loosen up and relief pain up to 2x longer than Ice. Less effort than ice and great reviews. 900+ 5 star reviews on Amazon.
Cons:
Don’t put this on open sores or mucous membranes, it will burn! It can run out quick and doesn’t prevent pain, just helps it.
Important Tips:
Menthol is the active ingredient in this and other hemp based creams. It works similar to ice, but once you apply it you can just move on rather than waiting 20 minutes. **Works great to get your through the night if you have pain sleeping**
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Foot & Ankle Muscle/Ligament Pain Relief Products
Roll On Version of Biofreeze Gel.
Biofreeze Pain Relief Roll-On, 3 oz. Roll-On, Fast Acting, Long Lasting, & Powerful Topical Pain Reliever, Pack of 3 (Packaging May Vary)
Price:
$26.40
Overview:
Same as biofreeze gel, but the roll-on is prefered by some people for their feet, less messy.
Pros:
The roll-on application of this biofreeze can be easier to apply. Less overall mess.
Cons:
Not as easy to spread in other areas, main difference is the roll on applicator, same solution.
Important Tips:
Roll-on method is best for the bottom of the feet. No other real advantage. Most patients like it prior to bed for easy sleeping without foot pain.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Foot & Ankle Muscle/Ligament Pain Relief Products
A giant container of value size biofreeze.
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 1 Gallon Pump, Green (Packaging May Vary)
Price:
$137.21
Overview:
8.1 lbs(3.67 kg) of Value Sized Biofreeze!
Pros:
If you know you already love it and trust the reviews. This is a great value that lasts a long time.
Cons:
A gigantic bottle that could fall over and injure you! Seriously this could be too big in some situations.
Important Tips:
If you know you love it, this stuff works all over the sore areas in your body not just your foot. I have had many people get me to order this for them in the past and LOVED IT!
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Foot & Ankle Muscle/Ligament Pain Relief Products
Menthol Based Ointment with Hemp Extract
HEMPACTIV Hemp Pain Relief Cream | Hemp + MSM + Arnica + Menthol | Relieve Muscle, Joint & Arthritis Pain | Effective Hemp Pain Cream | 2oz
Price:
$29.99
Overview:
This is an alternative cream: Basically Biofreeze + hemp extract.
Pros:
It has great reviews, loved by the all natural crowd. 100s of 5 star reviews with a near perfect rating.
Cons:
Basically looks like menthol(active Biofreeze ingredient), but with hemp extract SKYROCKETING the price.
Important Tips:
The hemp extract is almost nothing and likely a marketing gimmick. It’s basically Biofreeze with some hemp extract raising the price.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):

 

Keys to a permanent cure:

  • Accept that you have an injury, even if you’re doing everything right, this inflammation and soreness take 1, 2 or even 3 months to get completely better again.
  • There is no magic solution like a cream that can make it go away permanently and immediately.

 

Get a good supportive running shoe:

  • The first step is to get a good supportive running shoe, if you have any questions with this comes your podiatrist or get something that you would feel comfortable running a marathon in.
  • Take a look at what people are running marathons and, it’s not a decked out signature Nike or Under Armor shoe!

Best Podiatrist Recommended Shoes

  • The first thing you need to do is look at your shoes: most patients that we see think they are wearing great shoes, but they can actually be terrible shoes.
  • In today’s world of marketing, commercials make it seem like a shoe is great for you, it can actually be a terrible shoe! We see hard-working and well-intentioned athletes come in with terrible unsupported and flimsy shoes. This is even the case if you buy $200 plus shoes!
good shoes with orthotics for Achilles tendon pain
These are good shoes with orthotics for ball of the foot and neuroma pain is very effective.

The Best  Orthotics:

  • This is very cheap investment to get rid of your foot pain.
  • There are much cheaper over-the-counter custom options available as well.
  • Do your best to avoid the flimsy gel pads.
  • These are our recommended orthotics:

Full-length orthotics are the best orthotic for healing your bunion and ball of the foot instability.

The downside is that they do take up much more room in your shoe.

Best Medium to Heavy Duty Heel Pain Orthotics:
Best Overall Orthotic For Everything (Medium Thick Fit)
Best Heavy Duty Orthotic (Thickest Fit)
Best SOFTER Choice For Sensitive Feet (Medium Thick Fit)
Powerstep Pinnacle Plus Met Insoles, Red/Blue
Powerstep Pinnacle Maxx Orthotic Insole Shoe Inserts, Workout Gear for Home Workou, Maroon, Men's 10-10.5, Women's 12
Plantar Fasciitis Arch Support Insoles for Men and Women Shoe Inserts - Orthotic Inserts - Flat Feet Foot - Running Athletic Gel Shoe Insoles - Orthotic Insoles for Arch Pain High Arch - Boot Insoles
Price:
Price not available
$38.48
$19.99
Overview:
These work best in shoes with laces and running shoes. Not good for dress shoes or women’s cute shoes.
Biggest and most corrective option. Only use for running shoes or work boots. Not cute shoes.
These are full length inserts, but softer. Great if you can’t tolerate the firmer ones. Best for very sore and sensitive feet.
Pros:
Pretty much guaranteed to help you if it fits in your shoes and you give it 2 weeks to get used to. 5,000+ amazon reviews, great track record.
My personal favorite, but not for everyone. Amazing reviews over 3,500. But not for everyone. Only for bigger shoes that can fit them
They are softer and the initial break in time is AMAZING. But longer term benefits are less. >500 Almost 5 star amazon rating.
Cons:
Do not wear these in cute or dress shoes!
Bigger and bulkier than all the other ones. You will be dissappointed if you have a cute women’s shoe or dress shoe. This is meant for running shoes and boots.
Great to start with, but don’t correct long term as much as the other ones.
Crucial Tips:
Ease in to these, 1-2hrs a day. They are like braces for your teeth, they suck at the beginning! But they will make your feet pain free as 1-2 weeks go by. Don’t give up on them after 1 or 2 days. Everyone feels off at the beginning!
This has the most correction, but hardest break in time! IF SENSITIVE, USE A SOFTER PAIR FIRST! But if you get these, you must break them in. Give it 1-2 hours a day, but then you will start to have excellent results. The bad reviews are all people who couldn’t fit it into their shoes and gave up too quickly. You have been WARNED!
If you are very sore, TRY THESE FIRST! These are easiest to break in with initially. If you are very sore and rigid, don’t use the heavy duty ones to start with.
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Best Medium to Heavy Duty Heel Pain Orthotics:
Best Overall Orthotic For Everything (Medium Thick Fit)
Powerstep Pinnacle Plus Met Insoles, Red/Blue
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
These work best in shoes with laces and running shoes. Not good for dress shoes or women’s cute shoes.
Pros:
Pretty much guaranteed to help you if it fits in your shoes and you give it 2 weeks to get used to. 5,000+ amazon reviews, great track record.
Cons:
Do not wear these in cute or dress shoes!
Crucial Tips:
Ease in to these, 1-2hrs a day. They are like braces for your teeth, they suck at the beginning! But they will make your feet pain free as 1-2 weeks go by. Don’t give up on them after 1 or 2 days. Everyone feels off at the beginning!
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Medium to Heavy Duty Heel Pain Orthotics:
Best Heavy Duty Orthotic (Thickest Fit)
Powerstep Pinnacle Maxx Orthotic Insole Shoe Inserts, Workout Gear for Home Workou, Maroon, Men's 10-10.5, Women's 12
Price:
$38.48
Overview:
Biggest and most corrective option. Only use for running shoes or work boots. Not cute shoes.
Pros:
My personal favorite, but not for everyone. Amazing reviews over 3,500. But not for everyone. Only for bigger shoes that can fit them
Cons:
Bigger and bulkier than all the other ones. You will be dissappointed if you have a cute women’s shoe or dress shoe. This is meant for running shoes and boots.
Crucial Tips:
This has the most correction, but hardest break in time! IF SENSITIVE, USE A SOFTER PAIR FIRST! But if you get these, you must break them in. Give it 1-2 hours a day, but then you will start to have excellent results. The bad reviews are all people who couldn’t fit it into their shoes and gave up too quickly. You have been WARNED!
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Medium to Heavy Duty Heel Pain Orthotics:
Best SOFTER Choice For Sensitive Feet (Medium Thick Fit)
Plantar Fasciitis Arch Support Insoles for Men and Women Shoe Inserts - Orthotic Inserts - Flat Feet Foot - Running Athletic Gel Shoe Insoles - Orthotic Insoles for Arch Pain High Arch - Boot Insoles
Price:
$19.99
Overview:
These are full length inserts, but softer. Great if you can’t tolerate the firmer ones. Best for very sore and sensitive feet.
Pros:
They are softer and the initial break in time is AMAZING. But longer term benefits are less. >500 Almost 5 star amazon rating.
Cons:
Great to start with, but don’t correct long term as much as the other ones.
Crucial Tips:
If you are very sore, TRY THESE FIRST! These are easiest to break in with initially. If you are very sore and rigid, don’t use the heavy duty ones to start with.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):

If you have a dry shoe, consider a recommended dress shoe orthotics:

Best Dress Shoe Orthotics:
Best Fitting Dress Shoe Orthotic (3/4″)
Best Full Length Dress Orthotic.
Powerstep Signature Dress 3/4-Length Insoles – Dress Shoe Insoles for Men and Women
Powerstep Signature Dress Full-Length Insoles for Men and Women
Price:
Price not available
Price not available
Overview:
This is my top choice due to best fit. It is a little less supportive than full length, but fit is the key in dress shoes!
Best option if you can fit a full length orthotic. This does give you most control.
Pros:
Excellent overall fit. This will fit in almost every dress shoe. Excellent reviews and reasonable cost overall. Can’t go wrong in most cases.
Great color dress option. Not the most corrective, but very color and dress appropriate. Great Reviews. Better correction and relief than the 3/4″ length.
Cons:
Less correction than full length and heavy duty orthotics.
These can have a poor fit in in some shoes. If you have tight shoes, DO NOT BUY the full length orthotic! You have been warned.
Crucial Tips:
If you haven’t used dress orthotics before, get this one and avoid poor fit. If you wear dress shoes every day with room, the full length might give you more support.
This is will work great in most men’s shoes that are not pointy. If you have a rounded toe box, this will probably work well. If a tight shoe go with the 3/4″ length.
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Best Dress Shoe Orthotics:
Best Fitting Dress Shoe Orthotic (3/4″)
Powerstep Signature Dress 3/4-Length Insoles – Dress Shoe Insoles for Men and Women
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
This is my top choice due to best fit. It is a little less supportive than full length, but fit is the key in dress shoes!
Pros:
Excellent overall fit. This will fit in almost every dress shoe. Excellent reviews and reasonable cost overall. Can’t go wrong in most cases.
Cons:
Less correction than full length and heavy duty orthotics.
Crucial Tips:
If you haven’t used dress orthotics before, get this one and avoid poor fit. If you wear dress shoes every day with room, the full length might give you more support.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Dress Shoe Orthotics:
Best Full Length Dress Orthotic.
Powerstep Signature Dress Full-Length Insoles for Men and Women
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
Best option if you can fit a full length orthotic. This does give you most control.
Pros:
Great color dress option. Not the most corrective, but very color and dress appropriate. Great Reviews. Better correction and relief than the 3/4″ length.
Cons:
These can have a poor fit in in some shoes. If you have tight shoes, DO NOT BUY the full length orthotic! You have been warned.
Crucial Tips:
This is will work great in most men’s shoes that are not pointy. If you have a rounded toe box, this will probably work well. If a tight shoe go with the 3/4″ length.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):

If you have acute shoe or a woman’s shoe, consider these minimalist orthotics.

Best Flat Shoe (Non-Lace Up) Orthotics:
Best Overall 3/4″ length option. (Not Heavy Duty, But Fit Focused)
Best Choice For Tight Women’s Shoes or High Heels..
Thin Arch Support Shoe Orthotic Inserts for Women and Men by Powerstep, SlimTech 3/4 Length, Original Cushioning Shoe Insoles, Relieves Plantar Facsiitis, All Arch Types, Foot, Heel and Knee Pain
Powerstep SlenderFit Women's Fashion Orthotic High Heel Insole
Price:
Price not available
Price not available
Overview:
Great 3/4″ choice. These work great in every shoe without laces. Not meant for heavy duty correction.
These are the best fitting for the most narrow shoes. Some but not great correction.
Pros:
Excellent fit, they are reliable with excellent reviews. You are going to be happy with these, just never SUPER happy because they don’t correct as much.
They will fit in even the tightest shoes! Guaranteed to make you feel better, but you know what you are getting in a tight shoes. Great reviews and price.
Cons:
They are not super corrective. In some cases its like trying to using a 2 seat car to haul gravel. It looks and feels great but does
At the end of the day high heels and slender orthotics help, but never cure all your pain. Make the best of a painful shoe!
Crucial Tips:
These have a faster break in period than the heavy duty type. If after a few weeks
**WARNING***: If your shoe almost just barely fits onto your foot, this WILL NOT FIT! Be aware, it still needs a small amount of space to fit.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Flat Shoe (Non-Lace Up) Orthotics:
Best Overall 3/4″ length option. (Not Heavy Duty, But Fit Focused)
Thin Arch Support Shoe Orthotic Inserts for Women and Men by Powerstep, SlimTech 3/4 Length, Original Cushioning Shoe Insoles, Relieves Plantar Facsiitis, All Arch Types, Foot, Heel and Knee Pain
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
Great 3/4″ choice. These work great in every shoe without laces. Not meant for heavy duty correction.
Pros:
Excellent fit, they are reliable with excellent reviews. You are going to be happy with these, just never SUPER happy because they don’t correct as much.
Cons:
They are not super corrective. In some cases its like trying to using a 2 seat car to haul gravel. It looks and feels great but does
Crucial Tips:
These have a faster break in period than the heavy duty type. If after a few weeks
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Flat Shoe (Non-Lace Up) Orthotics:
Best Choice For Tight Women’s Shoes or High Heels..
Powerstep SlenderFit Women's Fashion Orthotic High Heel Insole
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
These are the best fitting for the most narrow shoes. Some but not great correction.
Pros:
They will fit in even the tightest shoes! Guaranteed to make you feel better, but you know what you are getting in a tight shoes. Great reviews and price.
Cons:
At the end of the day high heels and slender orthotics help, but never cure all your pain. Make the best of a painful shoe!
Crucial Tips:
**WARNING***: If your shoe almost just barely fits onto your foot, this WILL NOT FIT! Be aware, it still needs a small amount of space to fit.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):

Injections:

  • This is not something that we would recommend doing at home, but a doctor can help you with this.
  • If you do have severe pain that is really preventing you from doing anything, this may be an option in the right circumstances.

Medications:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications could be good, but we do not recommend this as a long-term solution.
  • Focus on the orthotics in the shoes.

When is surgery a good option? Probably only 10% of the time!

  • If you have tried all the above stuff, and a couple months have gone by and you have not started to improve at all, then further and imaging like an ultrasound, x-ray or MRI might make sense.
  • If you have long-term permanent damage to the nerve, especially if it has been going on for over 6 to 12 months, then you may need surgery.
  • Bunion surgery has its benefits, but any type of surgery may have its negatives.
  • Make sure to check with a podiatrist to see if you qualify. You may be one of the 10% for whom it may be a great idea!

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