Bunions are a bony protrusion that form on the joint between your foot and your big toe over time. They cause pain and discomfort that can make it difficult to walk and exercise in some situations. Bunions have a variety of different causes – some people get them genetically, while others develop them over time due to pressure on the foot. Many seniors experience bunions, but seniors are not often considered good candidates for an “elective surgery” to remove bunions. However, you can prevent them from worsening and manage them as you get older. Here are 4 ways you can avoid and/or treat bunion pain.
Bunion Splint or Bunion Sleeves
When seniors experience painful bunions as a part of aging, one of the best ways to correct them is by using a bunion splint or bunion sleeve. This is a sock-like support that seniors can wear on the foot that wraps around the toe and the arch to gently push the joint into correct alignment. There are many different types of bunion splints or bunion sleeves. Always ask your doctor which design would be best for your needs. A hard or soft flexible bunion splint is typically worn at night or when relaxing at home, and provides comfortable support that can help you relax. A bunion sleeve can be worn anytime of day or night, including in your shoes if they are thin enough, as is Bunion Bootie.
Toe Spacers/Bunion Correctors
When you’re wearing shoes, a good way to manage bunion pain is by putting a toe spacer in your shoe that will place your toes in the correct alignment. Not only does this prevent your bunions from getting worse, but it also minimizes pain and swelling, so you can stay on your feet for longer periods of time. There are many different types of toe spacers available, and you can often find them at your local pharmacy.
Since bunions usually swell up, anti-inflammatory medication is one of the most effective ways to manage pain, particularly if you are in need of some quick relief. Over-the-counter pills can be taken regularly to manage swelling, and there are also pain relief creams or Bunion Balms. Balms and gels you can apply to your bunion topically that can provide relief to bunion pain without the side effects.
Epsom Salt Bath
After being on your feet all day, you’ll probably find that your bunions are in a lot of pain. A good way for seniors to relieve the pain and relax after a long day is by soaking their feet in an epsom salt bath. Epsom salts naturally relax your muscles, which will be tense after spending time on your feet. They also relieve swelling. Epsom salts are easy to find online or at your local pharmacy.
Seniors don’t have to put up with the swelling that comes with bunion pain and growth. There are many ways to treat bunion pain besides having invasive surgery. Try one of these four methods to minimize your pain and discomfort when dealing with bunions in your retirement years. If you’re still dealing with bunions, be sure to ask your doctor for advice on the pain and additional senior living help. Your doctor will be able to provide advice on the best way to get rid of bunion pain so you can enjoy your retirement pain-free.
About the author
Holly Klamer loves to write on issues related to seniors, aging and retirement. Ms. Klamer is a frequent contributor on Senior Guidance, a website that provides senior living guidance. Holly has also contributed to Senior Living Help and many other large blogs and online publications specializing in senior-related issues.