Running shoes with ample space for the toes helps prevent bunion pain during and after a run. With bunions that aren't too prominent, padding may be adequate for preventing pain. Some others require custom-made orthotic shoe inserts. A piece of foam about 1 cm thick inserted between the big toe and the second toe eliminates friction, advises the Sports Injury Clinic. Podiatrists and sports trainers provide instructions for properly taping a foot with a bunion to prevent pain as well. Treatment Beverly Magee is a web developer and a fitness instructor who resides in Texas. She is living in Texas and write for various publications online regarding foot problems. The Level 5 review article by Robinson et al discussing management of hallux valgus. They review several surgeries and note that the distal chveron is most often used in a non-congruent deformity with a normal DMAA. A complication with the Chevron and other distal osteotomies is the development of AVN of the first metatarsal head with an estimated incidence of up to 20% reported in the literature. A wire is then threaded through the incisions and used to lever the big toe back into the correct position. Once the toe is in the correct place, a small screw is implanted to fix it in this position. There are different types of surgery for the bunion depending on the size, reason and area affected. At the broader level, it may involve correction of the tendons and the ligaments, removal of the damaged joints and surfaces, complete removal of the bump on the leg, or even the realignment of the joint through multiple surgeries. In some cases, the metatarsal is broken in two and then held in place with a screw. The nature and extent of the treatment varies per person and is best decided by the orthopedic surgeon. Similarly, bunion surgery recovery time also deends on the procedure followed and the complications involved. The last bunion treatment is surgery There are different types of surgical procedures that can be performed, and most require 6 to 8 full weeks of recovery. The surgeon may cut the tendon that is pulling the joint out of alignment, then shave off the part of the bone that is protruding. A scar remains with the surgery and the redness of a bunion may still be seen in some cases. In the photo here of one 65-year-old man who had bunion surgery, the amount of correction made still left him with bunions! A bunion, known medically as ' hallux valgus ', is a deformity that develops in the big toe. It occurs when the joint at the base of the big toe - the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint - begins to stick out at an angle. This in turn misaligns the other bones in the foot, which can be very painful. It remains unclear as to what exactly causes bunions, although it is believed wearing badly fitting shoes is widely to blame. Furthermore, it is suspected bunions may run in families and may also be more likely to affect people with certain health conditions (such as gout and arthritis). To investigate the association between BMI and musculoskeletal foot disorders, Paul A. Butterworth, of La Trobe University in Bundoora, Australia, and associates conducted a systematic review of the literature and analysis of 25 papers. They also investigated the effectiveness of weight loss for reduction of foot pain The researchers found increased BMI to be strongly associated with non-specific foot pain in the general population, and with chronic plantar heel pain in a non-athletic population. Inconclusive evidence was found for the association between BMI and hallux valgus, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, and flat foot. Two studies were found that reported a reduction in foot symptoms following weight-loss surgery.