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How can a painful bunion on the left foot be treated?

I have a bunion on the left foot. I am experiencing some pain and tenderness at the spot where the second metatarsal of my left foot meets the phalange. It is not red, but is very tender sometimes. a sharp sort of tenderness, rather than a general type. It is almost like the top of the phalange is bruised. Any ideas?
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
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The pain you are experiencing is due to pressure exerted by bunion on joint. Here are few things to try to help relieve the pain
-Wear comfortable shoes
-Ice the area
- You can take Advil 400 mg up to 4 times a day
-Wear braces meant for treating bunion. Such braces are available in pharmacies like Walgreens.
If the above measures fail, surgery might be needed

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