Frankly, I'm not sure if I'm the right person to tell you about bunion pain relief – my bunions never caused me a lot of pain. True, they do hurt after a long walk. And also when I've been wearing shoes that are a bit tight. But other than that, they don't cause me too much discomfort.
Over the years, I learned how I could prevent my bunions from hurting too much. I made sure I had shoes that were wide enough, took them off when possible, took warm foot baths and did some gentle stretches.
When I started this experiment, I discovered even more ways to fight bunion pain: by doing daily exercises and by wearing orthopedic insoles in my shoes. And recently I discovered that taking regular rests and massaging my feet a bit makes a big difference as well when I'm on my feet a lot.
But for many people with bunions, these measures are not enough. Apparently I myself am mostly suffering from simple bunion pain – the pain I experience comes from the bunions themselves: they hurt when my shoes are too narrow or if I'm on my feet for too long, but generally I'm ok.
For others however, the pain doesn't come from the bunions themselves so much, but from their big toe joints instead. It's possible that the bursa (the small sac filled with lubricating fluid inside every joint) is inflamed or that their big toe joint is simply overstrained by wrong foot mechanics. In this case, the pain won't go away by simply taking off your shoes and having a rest.
But the good news is that there still are a couple of options available to you to help ease your pain. Here's what you could try for bunion pain relief: