While acupuncture isn’t a way to get rid of bunions forever, it can ease the pain on the side of your foot.
In acupuncture, thin needles are used locally on and around the bunion, along with points that can address a weak spleen, an underlying cause of bunions.
It is best to have acupuncture done by an expert who specializes in it. It may take few sessions of acupuncture to reduce the pain and improve the mobility of your foot.
10. Wear the Right Shoes
When suffering from a bunion, check your footwear. Improper footwear not only puts you at a higher risk of foot problems, it can even aggravate the symptoms and delay the healing process.
- Look for shoes that have a wide, deep area for toes to avoid rubbing and putting pressure on the bunion.
- Any pair of shoes that you wear even for a few hours should have plenty of room around your toes and should conform to the shape of your foot.
- You can use padded shoe inserts to distribute pressure evenly when you move your feet.
- Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes with narrow, pointed toes as they can cause friction and abnormal movement of the toe joints.
- Do not wear tight-fitting socks or stockings.
- Try using shoe inserts to avoid abnormal foot motion. Arch supports or orthotics prescribed by a physician are also very helpful.
- Using pads or cushions may help reduce the discomforts. However, avoid over-padding as it may increase pressure, leading to more pain.
- For mild to moderate bunions, walking barefoot can help a lot.
- Wear padded socks when you’re walking around the house.
- Avoid ballet dancing and other activities that require constrictive shoes.
- To curb pain and inflammation, include anti-inflammatory foods in your diet. Also, include protein as well as foods rich in vitamins A, B complex, C and E in your diet.