notquitemaryann 

Review for Bunion

  • Age n/a
  • Female
06
Apr2012

Treatment Ratings

    Cured
    Massage, Supportive Shoes, Stretching, Other, Toe Separator

At one point several years ago, my toes were so pissed off that I limped everywhere and began overpronating/walking on my heels in order to avoid putting any pressure on the joints. What helped:

  • ibuprofen, yes
  • changing to wider shoes with low or no heels, except for extremely rare occasions
  • wearing toe separators every night, and as often as possible during the day, to stretch the joint at the base of the big toe (a rolled-up trouser sock or similarly sized cloth object is a good substitute when you're in need)
  • manual stretching and massage of the toe joints as well as the swelling itself. In my case, the pointy protrusion that I was initially certain was a bone deformity was a swollen bursal sac, which seemed to soften and become more mobile after progressive massage (progressive mostly because the burning inflammation means that at first it hurts like a mother just to touch the area, but this did get much better).
    I have no pain or noticeable pointiness now, but the whole episode taught me to be much kinder to my feet, and I take the time to stretch and massage them now.

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