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How to Stop Bunion Burning Pain

author image Jonae Fredericks
Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.
How to Stop Bunion Burning Pain
Narrow shoes can cause bunions. Photo Credit: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

If you wear high heels, tight fitting shoes or shoes with pointed toes, you may develop bunions. Medline Plus reports that if you are born with abnormal bones in your feet you may also be susceptible to bunions. A bunion forms as a bony bump located at the portion of your foot where it meets your big toe. Red, callused skin may also cover the bunion, but the most noticeable feature of a bunion is the burning pain, which intensifies with pressure. Relieving the pressure often stops the burning pain.

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Step 1

Relieve bunion pain by wearing wide, comfortable shoes. A wide-toe shoe instead of a narrow style will relieve the pressure on your bunion and give your toes some wiggle room.

Step 2

Slip a protective pad in between the fabric of the shoe and your bunion. Bunion shields have a foam or gel insert that slips over your big toe, cupping the bunion. Bunion shields are available in the pharmaceutical aisle of your grocery store, drugstores and online sources.

Step 3

Cool the burning sensation with an ice pack. Wrap the ice pack in a towel and lay the wrapped ice pack against your bunion. Leave the ice pack on your bunion for 15 minutes. Remove the ice pack for five minutes. Repeat the process until you feel relief.

Step 4

Try easing your burning bunion pain with an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen. An adult dose, ages 12 and up, of ibuprofen, according to, is 200 to 400 mg taken every four to six hours as needed. Daily doses of ibuprofen should not exceed 3,200 mg per day.

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