We highly recommend before you think about going down thesurgical route of bunion surgery you should try all the conservative optionsand treatments offered within the Foot Health Profession. Surgery is a serious option and for some theonly route but for the majority of bunion pain sufferers home remedies workwell and prevent and correct bunion and big toe joints so everyday life is painfree. Mangold ointment is a form of alternative or complementary medicine that will reduce the swelling and pain of the soft tissue over a period of 8 weeks. Non steroid anti inflammatory drugs are taken to reduce pain and relieve the swelling. Bunions develop from a deformity of the foot called hallux valgus. Bunions often form because women frequently wear poorly-fitting shoes with narrow, pointed toes for long periods of time. Surgery is one option to correct this deformity. Whether your bunion pain is minor or major it can most likely be treated. Some bunion conditions require surgery or some other invasive medical intervention. In most cases however, temporary relief is available even from the comfort of home. A mallet toe often happens in the second toe, but it may happen in the other toes as well. The toe bends down at the joint closest to the tip of the toe. The outermost layer of your skin is called the "epidermis". When the underlying layer ("dermis") is irritated, it stimulates the outer layer to grow thicker for more protection. An excessive, spread-out thickening of the outer layer of your skin (a "hyperkeratosis") is called a callus; it may be thicker at the center and gets thinner at the edges. When the same material is limited to a discreet, small area (1/32" to 1/4" or more), iat may be become a "corn". A corn usually has a deep, hard central core and a sharply defined edge. It has NO "root". A corn can also occur in and under a larger callus. Treatment is geared toward prevention by reducing the swelling in the legs with the use of support stockings, medications to reduce the swelling, and elevation of the legs. Once ulcerations have developed, treatment consists of keeping the ulcerations clean and free from infection. This often requires the long-term use of oral antibiotics. A common form of treatment consists of wrapping the legs with a dressing called an unna boot. This dressing is a gauze wrap which has xinc oxide impregnated in it. This dressing helps to keep the bacteria that is in the ulceration from growing and also adds compression to help reduce swelling. Curative treatment of hammertoes varies depending upon the severity of the deformity. When the hammertoe is flexible, a simple tendon release in the toe works well. The recovery is rapid often requiring nothing more that a single stitch and a Band-Aid. Of course if several toes are done at the same time, the recovery make take a bit longer. For the surgical correction of a rigid hammertoe, the surgical procedure consists of removing the damaged skin where the corn is located. Then a small section of bone is removed at the level of the rigid joint. The sutures remain in place for approximately ten days. Most people think a bunion is a growth of bone on the side of the foot, but in most cases this is incorrect. A bunion is formed by the rotation of the first metatarsal bone which is caused by mechanical forces. This bone shifts over and causes the great toe to move over towards the second toe. This can even cause the great toe to push up the second digit, forming a hammertoe. Just in time for all those holiday parties then, I'd like to share with you some tips on how to both prevent these painful foot ailments and how to minimize the discomfort from them. For those interested in bunion treatment , you might wonder, “What are bunions”? Bunions ( hallux valgus ) are bony prominences on the outside edge of the big toe where the toe meets the main bones of the foot. Bunions are a combination of three medical conditions that include enlargement of soft tissue; deformities in foot bones, called hallux abducto valgus; and a third condition called metatarsus primus varus. The hallux condition is a rotated big toe that either pushes toward the second toe, sits on top of it, or beneath it. Metatarsus primus is where the bone in the foot connecting to the big toe, rotates outward.