A Bunion is a common condition where a bump forms on the side of the big toe. The bumps can be swollen and uncomfortable when walking or standing. It’s not difficult to diagnose bunions, but it’s important to first see your doctor if one is present on your feet. There are many different causes of bunions, but they are mostly due to ill-fitting shoes or arthritis. Living with bunions can be unpleasant. Luckily, there are ways you can treat bunions to reduce the pain and get you up and moving again.

Heavenly Foot Care is a mobile podiatry service providing bunions treatment in St.Catharines and the Niagara region. Contact our friendly team today to schedule an appointment. 

What Causes Bunions?

There is no single cause for this condition. Most people develop bunions from wearing ill-fitting shoes that cause cramps around the toes. Other people can develop bunions due to the shape of their feet.  Another cause of bunions is arthritis, which has its own set of causes. 

Though the direct cause may be unknown, it’s important to consult your doctor to find out ways of preventing this uncomfortable condition. 

What Are The Symptoms Of Bunions?

The most obvious symptom is a large bump on the side of the big toe that is swollen and painful. However, there are a few other symptoms including:

  • Painful Stiffness around the Big Toe
  • Pain or Discomfort While Walking
  • Arthritis 
  • Swollen Big Toe

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, make sure to consult your doctor to have a thorough examination. 

Treatment Options For Bunions

To know what the best treatment options are for your case, your doctor will need to determine what caused the bunion to form in the first place. Many doctors will prescribe you with an over the counter (OTC) pain medication, which will help to reduce swelling and make you more comfortable. If you’re looking for more instant relief, you can try an ice bath to help reduce swelling. 

Changing Your Shoes

In the early stages of bunions, changing your shoes can help to significantly reduce pain and make walking more comfortable. You can also insert bunion pads which are designed to make your current shoes more suitable for your condition. Just make sure your bunion pads don’t cause discomfort in other areas of your foot. 


Having bunions surgically removed is possible, yet it’s quite rare. The only time a doctor will recommend a surgical procedure is if the condition is severe and is causing the patient unbearable pain. However, surgically removing bunions can also be risky, so it’s important to heavily consider other treatment options before undergoing this procedure.

Living With Bunions

Bunions can cause a great deal of discomfort to you and your loved ones. It’s important to approach it with a positive attitude, and remember that there are ways of making the condition less painful. There are tons of useful resources online that teach you how to live with bunions, and steps you can take towards treating your symptoms. 

Don’t let your condition control your life. If you’ve developed bunions, reach out to a specialist to learn more about your condition and how to battle it. This way you can continue to live a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Speak To Our Friendly Staff Today

Are you experiencing bunions? Heavenly Foot Care has years of experience with bunions treatment in St. Catharines and the Niagara region. Reach out to our friendly staff today to learn more about our treatment options for bunions, and other foot care services. You can call us at (905) 931-9965 or email sherri@heavenlyfootcare.ca to book an appointment.