Maintain a normal weight.
Protect the bunion with a moleskin or gel-filled pad, which you can buy at a drugstore.
Use shoe inserts to help position the foot correctly. These can be over-the-counter arch supports or prescription orthotic devices.
Under a doctor’s guidance, wear a splint at night to hold the toe straight and ease discomfort.
Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.
Use warm soaks, ice packs, Whirlpool, ultrasound and massage.
Buy well-fitting footwear that are wide in the toe area. Shop at a store where the staff measures your foot and can fit you with an appropriate shoe.
With boot season well under way, you may think it’s time to do something about that large bump at the base of your big toe. Find out what you can do at home and when it may be time for surgery.