How to Get Rid of Bunions

A bunion is a bony lump that forms at the base joint in the big toe. Bunions form when tight shoes, an injury or a person’s inherited bone structure result in the big toe being pushed toward the other toes on the foot. The big toe joint becomes enlarged and painful, and can lead to difficulties with exercising and walking. Read on to learn how to get rid of bunions.

How to Get Rid of Bunions with Natural Remedies

Wear a bunion pad or shoe inserts to realign toes. If you catch your bunion in the early stages, a bunion pad purchased at any pharmacy or drug store may help to alleviate pain and direct your toe back to the proper direction. Shoe inserts may also help to realign your toes when you are wearing shoes.

Try foot exercises. Exercises can help slow or even halt the progression of your bunion, preventing the need to eventually get surgery. Try the following exercises every day, especially after removing your shoes:

  • Stretch your big toe. Use your fingers to pull your big toe into proper alignment with the rest of your toes.
  • Stretch the rest of your toes. Simply point them straight ahead for 10 seconds, then curl them under for 10 seconds. Repeat several times.
  • Flex your toes. Press your toes against the floor or a wall until they are bent back. Hold them for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat several times.
  • Grip with your toes. Practice picking up an article of clothing or a towel with your toes, dropping it, then picking it up again.
  • Another gripping exercise you can perform to keep your foot flexible is picking up marbles with your toes. Do this by placing 20 marbles on the floor in front of you and use your foot to pick the marbles up one by one and place them in a bowl.
  • Roll your foot on a tennis ball. Roll clockwise and counter-clockwise, as well as back and forth.

Relieve the pain. Exercising your feet and toes is well and good, but the intense pain bunions cause should also be addressed. Ease sore feet using the following methods:

  • Soak your feet in warm water. Prepare a bowl with warm water and allow your feet to soak for twenty minutes. The warmth will sooth your joints and temporarily alleviate the pain.
  • Try an ice pack. For particularly bad flare-ups, ice packs are a good choice. Fill a plastic bag with ice and wrap it in a thin towel. Apply the ice pack in twenty-minute increments several times a day.
  • Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, to relieve the pain.

For mild to moderate bunions, a flexible bunion splint such as “Bunion-Aid” has been scientifically proven to effectively correct Hallux valgus and relieve bunion pain.

Elevate your feet periodically throughout the day to reduce pressure.

Tape your foot and toes into a normal alignment position. Your toes may adapt to the normal position after being taped for a week or two. Ask your doctor if you need assistance with this process.

For inflammation, try calendula. It is wonderfully soothing, and works quickly to help reduce swelling. You can find calendula cream, balm, or ointment at your local health store — sometimes it’s stocked in the baby section of supermarkets.

Try vinegar. Soak the affected foot, or feet, in a mixture of one cup vinegar to one gallon warm water.

Nutrition will also help with the internal swelling. One of the most effective remedies is vitamin C. While it is a good idea to increase the amount you get through your diet, in cases such as this you will also need to supercharge intake using supplementation.

  • Taking large amounts of vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid can be a little hard on the stomach, so look for sodium ascorbate powder and take this instead.

How to Get Rid of Bunions with Lifestyle Changes

Examine your feet regularly. Note any redness, swelling or discoloration. Flex your toes and check for any stiffness. If there is any, think back to what you’ve worn or done in the past few days.

Avoid activities that lead to bunions. Ballet dancing, and other activities requiring constrictive shoes, may lead to bunions. If it isn’t possible to do the activity in shoes that are healthier for your feet, avoid the activity altogether.

Change your shoes. It’s important to wear bunion-alleviating shoes for those times when walking around barefoot just isn’t an option.

  • Try “barefoot” shoes, or minimalist shoes. These are designed to simulate barefoot walking, and allow your foot and toes the same freedom to flex, realign in their natural positions and get strong that walking barefoot does.
  • Make sure your shoes are the right size. Your regular tennis shoes might be a half-size off, especially if you’ve been wearing the same size since you were twelve. Our feet tend to spread and widen as we get older, especially if bunions begin to form.
  • Shop for shoes in the afternoon when your feet are most swollen. Make sure to take some time walking around the store to make sure the shoe is comfortable and fits your foot well.
  • Don’t wear high heels or pointy toes. They’re pretty, but heels and stylish pointy-toed shoes are terrible for bunions. They lead to additional pain and prevent the bunion from healing. Wear less restrictive sandals whenever possible.

Go barefoot. Whether you inherited a propensity toward getting bunions from one of your parents or your bunions are the result of a lifetime of wearing shoes that are too tight, spending as much time as possible walking barefoot can prevent and even heal bunions.

  • Walking barefoot, especially over uneven terrain, strengthens your toes and allows your joints to work naturally. Walking on sand is especially good exercise for your feet.
  • Going barefoot prevents tight, pointy shoes from pushing your big toe toward your other toes.

How to Get Rid of Severe Bunions with Medical Treatments

Consult a physician. If you are experiencing extreme pain that seems to be getting worse, or if your feet no longer fit in your shoes, consult a physician right away. It’s possible to slow or halt the progression of bunions, but you can’t actually cure them on your own.

Cortisone injections can relieve pain temporarily by reducing inflammation. Yet they have many side effects, especially when used often and at high doses.

Take prescribed medicine. In some cases the doctor will advise you as to lifestyle changes and prescribe a medication for the pain. To prevent the bunion from getting worse, be sure to follow the doctor’s advice.

Surgery. As a last resort, consider having surgery to remove the bunion, shave the bone of your big toe and realign your big toe with the other toes. Bunion surgery is common and considered to be the only cure for bunions.


  • Abnormal foot function, rheumatoid or ortho arthritis, and family history may also contribute to the formation of bunions.
  • If you’ve suffered sports injuries previously, let the doctor know about that.


  • Night splints, which are worn over the toes and feet at night, may prevent children from developing bad bunions by correcting bone growth. Since adults’ feet are already fully formed, night splints are not effective for treating bunions in adults.
  • Conservative treatment is always the first option in bunion care. It is better if the condition improves without surgical intervention.
  • Night splints, which are worn over the toes and feet at night, may prevent children from developing bad bunions by correcting bone growth. Since adults’ feet are already fully formed, night splints are not effective for treating bunions in adults.