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Bunions are usually managed with rest, cold applications, cushioning pads, orthotics, and anti-inflammatory medications. A change of footwear or shoe modifications to lessen pressure on the affected toe joint are often helpful. A local injection of cortisone (steroid) in the inflamed area can rapidly reduce the pain, swelling, and tenderness from acute inflammation.
If initial treatments are not effective, orthotics are often prescribed.
Last Reviewed 11/17/2017
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