Cold compress Aside from heat, the cold can also give you temporary pain relief. Whenever your bunion aches, simply get an ice pack and hold it against the bunion until the pain subsides. Comfort shoes The most common cause of bunion is poor-fitting pair of shoes. To alleviate the pain that you feel, you should avoid wearing high-heeled or tight shoes. Instead, get shoes that bring your feet extra comfort. There are many special medical shoes available in the market like Morton's Neuroma shoes. You can also wear insoles to help remove the pressure that your feet receive. Bunions are very common foot deformities. They are a displacement of the bone that is under the big toe, which causes it to move towards the rest of the toes who will not be very happy with the closeness. This will then cause a shifting of bones that will then cause a bony prominence on the side of the foot (this is called the bunion joint). Bunions are far more prevalent in women than in men, but are just as painful in both. One of the most common metatarsalgia symptoms is pain and inflammation in the metatarsals. This inflammation is followed by swelling, which can be painful when touched. To determine if you have foot pain that is on the outside of your foot, this is a common sign of a hallux valgus bunion. When not treated effectively, the complication can enlarge rather quickly, making it quite difficult to wear shoes or to walk without open shoes. In advanced cases of hallux valgus bunion, your may begin to notice that your large toe will turn inward which will cause rubbing on your other toes. This additional friction can lead to ulcers, blisters and general bone deformity in the foot. It is best, therefore, to treat a hallux valgus bunion early in its development. My friend has had the bunion most all her life. The bunion didn't really bug her until she became older and wore shoes with heels more frequently. She tells me often how her toe swells up, feels sore, irritated. She tells me the pain of her big toe seems to expand to different areas of her foot. Sometimes the pain is so bad she imagines taking a knife and cutting the bunion out. Her pain became so bad that eventually she went to the doctor. Only podiatrists can prescribe and dispense custom-made rigid orthotics. They are made from a plaster cast (foot impression) and they can be quite expensive. Dr. Marco A Vargas is a board certified podiatrist specializing in the treatment of bunions, heel pain , sports injuries and nail fungus. He has offices in Sugar Land, TX and Richmond, TX. For more information on his practice or to order your free copy of his book "Got Foot Pain ?" which he wrote on general foot health, visit How about applying a topical analgesic? You will notice that there are quite a number of topical pain relief creams and gels available in local stores and online. A number of these gels and creams have menthol which provides a very good cooling effect. This stretch exercise can help heal and prevent heel pain. Before doing stretch exercises make sure you have warmed up the muscles, stretching cold muscles can cause injury. Stand on a bottom stair step with your heel hanging off the edge of the step. Rise up stretching your calves for ten seconds and then lower back down. Keep doing this exercise once a day several times a day building up to thirty repetitions a day. Orthotics - A padded shoe insert known as an orthotic can help your foot achieve normal movement and can reduce the symptoms caused by a bunion Orthotics can also prevent a bunion from becoming larger. Custom rigid orthotics is for patients withserious biomechanical disorders and/or foot deformities. Most people simply suffer from fallen arches (over-pronation) do not require an expensive rigid orthotic. Research has shown that for 80% of people suffering from over-pronation an off-the-shelf pre-made orthotic will provide sufficient correction. Pre-made orthotics is also softer than custom-made's and easier to get used to. The Journal of American Podiatric Medicine May 1999, Sobel E, Levity S T, Caselli MA Division of Orthopaedic Sciences, New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Vol. 94 Number 6542-549 2004 Journal of American Podiatric Medicine" The Conservative Management of Plantar Fasciitis" - Pfeffer GB, University of California, San Francisco, CA.