A bunion –– regardless of shape, size, or severity –– is a problem that you should consider dealing with sooner rather than later. The unfortunate truth is that bunions tend to get worse over time. That’s true also of tailor’s bunions, or “bunionettes.” Though these bunions are traditionally smaller than the average bunion, and though they form on the other side of the foot by the small toe, they can become unsightly and painful all the same. One FAQ that we field all the time is, how to get rid of tailor’s bunion without surgery? In reality, though, the only way to get rid of a bunion is through a surgical procedure. We’ll explore more here:
Home Bunion Treatments
Understandably, many people who experience bunions first look to non-surgical treatments to address the problem. On that note, there are a number of potential ways to treat a bunion or a bunionette. However, it’s important to remember that no at-home method can effectively treat the root cause of or cure a tailor’s bunion. Rather, these treatments are designed only to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with bunions. For instance, bunion pads or cushions can be used to lessen bunion pain when walking. Since the pads work to cut down on the friction between shoe and bunion, the pain may not be as severe.
Similarly, ice packs and stretches may help to reduce the swelling or throbbing from a bunion. But neither of these treatments will scale down the bunion’s size or discomfort long term. Nor will products like bunion correctors act to realign the foot in any meaningful way.
To sum up, at-home treatments may be worth trying in a pinch, but if you’ve suffered with bunion pain for months or years, then surgery is the best, and only viable, way forward.
Traditional Bunion Surgery vs Minimally Invasive Surgery
Lots of people dislike their bunions but can be hesitant to undergo surgery to get rid of them. If that sounds familiar, we have good news.
That’s because our minimally invasive procedures have replaced the need for traditional bunion surgery. Minimally invasive bunion surgery is an outpatient procedure. It is a quick, less painful, and extremely effective surgery that both 1) permanently removes bunions and 2) does so with minimal discomfort and inconvenience.
Many patients are able to drive home following the surgery. Plus, individuals with office jobs will likely be able to return to work right away. Minimally invasive surgeries don’t leave massive scars along the side of the foot, and they don’t require extensive rest or 6-12 months of recovery time. Instead, most patients will only have to wear a protective shoe for a few weeks following the procedure.
If you’re worried about developing bunions in the future, then consider implementing a few preventative measures, such as:
- Wearing comfortable shoes.
- Avoiding footwear like high heels.
- Stretching your feet regularly.
- Monitoring foot health closely.
At Northwest Surgery Center, no foot problem is too big or too small for us to handle. Our expert team has years of experience diagnosing common issues like bunions and hammertoes, and we only use the most advanced techniques to treat them. If you’re tired of dealing with painful and disruptive foot pain, then contact us here for a consultation.