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Can I get rid of a tailor's bunion without surgery?

Asked 3 years ago

Morning! Are there any things I can try doing that may shrink a tailors bunion and avoid going for surgery? I'm terrified of these things and would much rather avoid going for an operation.

Rodney Wheeler

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Hey, I understand your frustration about going under the knife. Here are a few ways to reduce chances of surgery or slow the progression of a tailor's bunion.

  • Maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI).
  • A moleskin or gel-filled pad, which can be purchased at a drugstore, can be used to protect the bunion.
  • Shoe inserts can assist with proper foot positioning. These can be over-the-counter arch supports or orthotic devices prescribed by a doctor.
  • Wear a splint at night under the supervision of a doctor to keep the toe straight and relieve discomfort.
  • Take ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines.
  • Warm soaks, ice packs, a Whirlpool, ultrasound, and massage are all viable choices.
  • Purchase footwear with a broad toe area and a good fit. Shop at a store where the professionals can take your foot measurements and fit you with the right shoe.
Babafemi Adebajo

Babafemi Adebajo

Friday, March 11, 2022

It's okay you're hesitant to undergo surgery. There are alternate ways to fix a bunion without surgery, including;

  • Foot mobilization exercises;
  • use of splints & toe spacers;
  • massage;
  • shoes with low heels and wide toe boxes;
  • orthotics

These reduce the load on the toe, slow the progression of the deformity and promote healing.

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