What Are Bunions And How To Prevent Them From Worsening

What Are Bunions And How To Prevent Them From Worsening

Are you grappling with the discomfort and embarrassment / unsightliness of bunions, or perhaps noticing early signs of their development? The frustration of knowing that surgical intervention is often the only solution can be overwhelming.

But fear not, as there exists a range of nonsurgical treatments that can help manage bunions and prevent their progression. Treatment is usually only required when they are painful and or affecting your mobility.

Footwear for Bunions

One of the first steps towards alleviating bunion discomfort is making changes in footwear. Ensuring your shoes fit properly and provide ample space for your toes is paramount. At Callen Olive Podiatry Clinic in Berkhamsted, near Hemel Hempstead and Tring; we understand the importance of correctly fitted footwear tailored to your evolving foot shape. Opting for shoes with wide toe boxes and flexible materials like soft leather or a knit fabric can ease pressure on bunions, while modifications such as stretching can further enhance comfort.

Custom Foot Orthotics for Bunions

Custom foot orthotics may offer a valuable solution. These specialised insoles help reposition the foot and stabilise the joint, reducing pain and preventing further deformity. By redistributing weight and supporting proper biomechanics, orthotics can slow the progression of bunions and alleviate discomfort associated with abnormal bone alignment.

Foot Mobilisation Therapy

Another effective nonsurgical approach is foot mobilisation therapy, a manual technique targeting stiff and dysfunctional joints. Bunions can strain muscles, ligaments, and tendons, leading to fatigue and pain. Foot mobilisation techniques restore movement and function to affected joints, promoting natural lubrication and realignment for improved comfort and mobility.

Toe Splints

Silicone splints (or toe props) provide relief for bunions when there are corns or calluses in between the toes, by cushioning the affected area and promoting proper toe alignment. While they won't realign the joint, and at times may aggravate joint pain, they can alleviate pain and discomfort.


For comprehensive treatment, a personalised rehabilitation program may include a combination of therapies such as orthotics, mobilisation, splints, and targeted exercises. These exercises, including toe points, ball rolls, toe flexing, and towel curls, aim to improve mobility, flexibility, and strength in the feet and toes.

Living with bunions doesn't have to be painful or restrictive. At Callen Olive, we offer tailored treatment plans designed to address your unique needs and symptoms. Whether you're seeking relief from discomfort or aiming to prevent further progression, our expert team is here to help you navigate your bunion journey with confidence. If you're ready to explore your options for managing bunions without surgery, contact us today for personalised guidance, treatment and support.

Appointments can be made online here to see one of our expert team.


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