Bunionette pain is a sharp or burning pain in the 5th / little toe.
just like a Bunion on the big toe a Bunionette aka tailors toe can be very painful and corns and callous formation is a common causing inflammation and swelling making footwear very difficult.
As the toe rubs in the footwear the joint becomes red , blisters and corns appear and the toe becomes very painful to touch.
A blister or corn may appear making foot wear uncomfortable.
Natural remedies for Bunionette Pain
1: Soaking your feet
Something simple and free. this relaxes the bones, tissue and muscles a Chiropody favourite remedy but very effective treatment which i would recommend you do after a long day at work or after exercising.
For additional bunionette relief add some table salt or epsom salts into the warm bowl of water .
Salt is a natural healer and if the bunionette has a blister or corn on it the salt will help prevent infections and increase healing .
Epsom salts is a natural remedies that relieves aching muscles and is used by athletes after training, it contains magnesium which is know for its healing powers.
2: Ice treatments
Sports therapy ice sprays and gels will give good bunionette relief and are easily available from chemists and supermarkets.
Bio freeze is a main brand but any will do. The cooling elements of the freeze relaxes the tissue around the joint and freezes or numbs the area you apply the gel or spray to.
Its a quick fix and with 10-15 minutes you the area will feel very cold and the pain will subside. Using ice cubes or frozen goods is the same idea but these only give 5- 10minutes of relief so not ideal.
3: Bunionette pads or guards
Bunionette pads like bunion supports are podiatry designed gel guards that slip over the toe and sits comfortably over the bunionette joint preventing friction in foot wear.
These are the best treatments for bunionettes i believe because they give immediate relief and prevent blisters and corns and are slim enough to fit over the toe and not cause additional restriction or pressure in your shoes.
4: Chiropody Felt
Moleskin or fleecy web felt is ideal and is available at chemists . Apply stripes of felt along the side of the 5th toe and across to anchor like a cross. This will cushion the achy joint and precent friction. Bit tricky to apply to the foot.
5: Wear comfortable footwear
Tight or narrow footwear will effect your bunionette pain, your feet will be squashed and pressure and friction will occur and additional pain from the tightness will most likely cause a blister or a corn on the little toe.
So being sensible and allowing room for your bunionette is important when choose shoes especially for work.
Bunionette pain over time can have damaging effect on the bone joints of the toe, our little toe has three bones and these can become traumatised bruised and infected in serious cases of bunionette pain.
The best cure for stopping bunionette pain is :
1: Don’t wear tight shoes
2: Wear a bunionette pad or guard
Helping your bodies immune system and preventing inflammation the to the joints is a great preventative too taking vitamin B5 and Vitamin c and Zinc are all anti-inflammatory boosters and will keep your bones and muscles healthy and strong. Read our blog post on the best 3 vitamins for good foot health here: