Vaseline/Lubricant for Bunion
- Treatment Reviews
- Videos & Guides
The thing that helps me (I have a mild bunion--thanks Mom) is wearing yoga toes. They're kind of hard to explain, but they are rubber toe spacers that hep stretch out your feet. I wear the yoga toes around the house. Mosty when I'm hanging out watching a movie or reading. They were pretty uncomfortable at first, so I could only keep them on for 10 minutes or so at a time, but over time, my feet have adjusted, and I can wear them for much longer.
I apply either body glide or similar or my feet before I lace up, but other than a sock (prefer Balega or Smartwool), I don't wear anything special for the bunion. I tried KTape, but I it didn't do much and didn't stay put for long. I've used it elsewhere for shin and knee issues, without any problems, but maybe I didn't do it well. I only tried it once.
If you have a good yoga teacher, you might also ask her (or him) about ways to stretch your feet. There are a couple poses that really hurt at the time but do wonders. But you want to have someone who knows what they are doing show you in person.
Lastly, I'll say that I used to wear Sauconys, but I switched to Nikes after trying on a pair of the Frees. I don't run in the Frees, but they have a wider toe box, and when I tried them on, I realized that the shoes I had been wearing were largely to blame for that blister. I isn't completely goe (I still have a bit of a callous there), but it's nowhere near as bad as it was in the other shoes. I've been reading about Hokas elsewhere on the forum and it sounds like there are a few styles that are less narrow than others.
I inherited my bunion woes from my dad's side of the family. My job does not require me to be on my feet all day but I'm always on the go between departments and meetings then it's jogging, dancing and cooking which I love and can't do sitting. At the end of the day I found that I have pain at the joints of both my big toes. A foot spa treatment by soaking the feet in warm water with bath salts or regular Epsom salts then a therapeutic rub with sports balm, which you can have someone do gives temporary relief. However if the problem persists see your health care provider.
- Chronicity 18+ Months
I've run with bunionsfor twenty years. I've done multiple marathons and half-marathons. My tips...
No high heels. Flats, flats, flats. Maybe a one inch heel or so for special occasions. Daily shoes should have a wide toe box and little to no heel. Everyday walking and shoes aggravate my bunions much more than running ever has.
Running shoes should have a wide toe box. I look for shoes with mostly mesh for the toe box, but those also tend to be the lighter, neutral shoes. If you want a more structured shoe, but the toe box seems a little tight, you can make more room for the bunion by skipping the holes closest to the toes when lacing your shoes. I've heard of others taking a razor and slicing any leather, etc. that comes over the bunion to loosen that area of the shoes, but I've never done it.
I've tried toe spacers, but don't like them. Others do. With a bunion, the big toe and second toe most likely will rub against one another, causing callouses and blisters. I apply Vaseline to that area and it helps a lot.
Foot doctor can help with special inserts.
There is no such thing as a bad foot massage. Not sure of any specific exercises, but stretching your foot as you would for PF probably would be good. I do. Soaking your feet in hot water feels good, and just like any sore body part, ibuprofen will help with any bad pain.
As for surgery... a doctor once told me patients will tell their doctor when they are ready for bunion surgery. They are very manageable, but you have to wear the right shoes ALL the time.
- Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
Just over a week ago I began to limp from minor pain in my left foot. Closer inspection revealed a lump protruding at the base of my small toe about the size of a pea. I have never experienced this before but I googled ‘bunions' anyway and proceeded to tick every box for descriptions and matched every photo for the identification of a Tailor's Bunion.
Whether it really was a bunion will never be confirmed by a doctor because it's completely gone – no limp, no pain, no lump. But it sure is a strange place to get a pimple if that's all it was.
The only treatment I used on it was a 1 minute morning massage with a tiny bit of Coconut Oil and then putting a sock on immediately after, for 3 days. That was it. On the 4th day all was well again so I stopped treating it and haven't put a foot wrong since.
- Chronicity 6-18 Months
I had a half inch bunion and in the last year my big toe was starting to turn in and lay over the toe next to it. The bunion was growing, the skin getting red and inflamed, the odd blister after walking a lot, and all my shoes really hurt my foot at that spot. After reading growyouthful’s page on bunions I decided to give oil massages a go. Sometimes I used olive oil, and most often castor oil. Twice a day I put a few drops in my hand and gently rubbed all around the big toe, bunion and down that side of my foot. I did this for at least 10 minutes while I read or watched TV. Before, I I drank a glass of water like you suggested. After a week I was thrilled with the improvement. At this time I also started all the bunion exercises recommended on this site – the stretching and the shaking. It has been a month now and the improvement is amazing. I take time to massage around the base of the big toe, and it is definitely straightening. It does take a lot of time and discipline to do this, but wow the improvement is worth it.
- Chronicity 18+ Months
I developed a bunion more than twenty years ago. I heard shark cartilage could help so I started taking it. The bunion shrank and I never even considered having surgery as my friend, Sandy, did. More recentyly I have used Tiger Balm (red) on it with good success as well.
- Chronicity 18+ Months
I had a bunion on my left big toe for many years. It was so big that the shape of my foot and toes were distorted with the big toe crossing over the other toes. The skin was so stretched and tight it looked as though it was about to split. It was inflamed and red and painful. The bunion started in my twenties when I was playing badminton every day. By the age of 40 my foot had a noticeable distortion and it was painful to walk for long distances. Wearing looser shoes slowed the bunion’s growth and pain, but it looked ugly with obvious distortion, and slowed me down by affecting the way I walked. A friend suggested massaging the toe and bunion area for 10 minutes several times a day. This increases circulation and blood flow in the area and encourage synovial fluid to move around the joint again. It is also helpful to drink plenty of water before the massage get the body well hydrated which aids blood flow and movement of synovial fluid. For the first month I sat comfortably and rubbed my toe, bunion and the whole foot for 10 minutes every morning and evening, and more during the days when I had time. Sometimes my husband also did it for me, and sometimes we gave it as long as 20 minutes. A little castor oil in the palm of the hand keeps it smooth and feels really good. After two weeks there was a noticeable reduction in the size of the bunion, and the skin was looser and hardly inflamed at all. A month later I could literally pinch the skin between my fingers. It felt as if the bunion was being dissolved and washed away. I am in to the second month now and my whole foot is smaller so I can wear a narrower shoe width again after 15 years. The skin around the old bunion area is loose - similar to major weight loss leaving excess hanging skin. The big toe seems a bit straighter, I am optimistic that it will shift back to its youthful position.
- Chronicity 18+ Months
My husband of 35 years had an extremely large bunion on his big toe.
It was so large the shape of his foot and toes were distorted and the skin so stretched and tight it looked as though it was about to split for a stretch mark.
Years ago when it became a problem, he learned his shoes were too small. Wearing looser shoes stopped the bunion growth and pain, but the size remained huge. The doctors suggested leaving it alone since the pain subsided. Still the distortion was pretty obvious and affected the way he walked. He also had huge very tough calluses.
Our friend suggested rubbing the toe and bunion area several times a day to increase circulation and blood flow to the area and encourage synovial fluid to move around the bones again. I set a timer nearby and began by placing a thick terry towel in my lap under his foot as I began rubbing his toe, bunion and lower foot along that side for 10 minutes every morning. A blister sometimes formed so I began to use a teaspoon of olive oil on his toe/bunion and massage while we talked or read. Occasionally, I would apply a little
more oil. We are usually reading during this time so the time goes quickly. The timer is helpful so you don't have to keep checking. When my fingers get tired, I use more of my palm to rub the area and then switch back to fingers again after a break. It is helpful to drink a lot of water before starting to get the body well hydrated which aids blood flow and movement of synovial fluid.
After a few days, I began rubbing up to 20 minutes and sometimes would do this twice a day, morning and evening depending on time availably.
We showed our friend again about a month later and he was shocked by the reduction in size and the looseness of the skin. I could literally pinch a half inch between my fingers by then, whereas before it was so tight, there was nothing at all because it was stretched so thin.
The increased blood flow encouraged by the massaging was moving synovial fluid and dissolving the outer layers of excess calcium of the bunion and it is literally being washed away.
We are in to the 2nd month now and it is already enough smaller he can wear a narrower shoe width again after 20 years.
We make a joke now that someday he will have such shapely feet again, that he might think about having skin reduction surgery because it really is quite similar to extreme weight loss leaving a lot of excess hanging skin. If not skin reduction surgery, then maybe a tiny little toe girdle? LOL