Main Article on Bunions Question: Please describe your experience with bunions. Submit Your Comment Comment from: Briang479, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 09 I am looking to avoid surgery but the only pain relief I get is from rest and ice. I thought I had gout at first, podiatrist said it was a bunion but gave me no options for pain other than orthotics and shoe modification. I wear a bunion pad. Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery REFERENCE:Koopman, William, et al., eds. Clinical Primer of Rheumatology. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003.