Bunion pads or shields can be an effective way to reduce the pain, irritation, and inflammation of a bunion.

Bunion shields cushion the irritated area of a bunion and help keep a bunion from brushing against the inside of the shoe. A gel-type bunion shield usually provides the most relief, but a silicon-based bunion shield is the most durable and can withstand multiple uses. A bunion shield is placed over the bunion at the base of your big toe. It is also important to wear comfortable shoes with wide toe boxes because you do not want to add more pain and pressure to your bunion in cramped shoes.

However, if the pain and swelling from your bunion continue, then you need to seek medical care from an experienced foot doctor.