Big Toe Joint Pain & Bunion Pain Relief [Best Creams]

🦶We review the best creams for bunion pain and big toe joint pain: including Capsaicin, Menthol, Biofreeze and NSAID creams!🦶

Topical creams and gels are a common form of treatment for bunion and big toe joint pain. These products are designed to be applied directly to the affected area and can provide localized pain relief. Here are some of the best topical creams and gels for bunions and big toe joint pain:

Capsaicin: Capsaicin is a natural compound found in chili peppers that is often used in topical pain relief creams. Capsaicin works by reducing the levels of a neurotransmitter called Substance P, which is involved in the transmission of pain signals. A study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain found that capsaicin cream was effective for reducing foot pain in patients with diabetic neuropathy.

NSAID creams: NSAID creams contain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or diclofenac and work by reducing inflammation and pain. A study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research found that topical NSAIDs were effective for reducing pain and improving function in patients with hallux valgus (the medical term for bunions).

Lidocaine: Lidocaine is a local anesthetic that can be used to numb the affected area and provide pain relief. A study published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association found that lidocaine cream was effective for reducing pain in patients with Morton’s neuroma, a condition that can cause pain in the ball of the foot.

Menthol: Menthol is a natural compound found in mint plants that has a cooling and analgesic effect. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that a cream containing menthol and camphor was effective for reducing pain and improving function in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

It’s worth noting that while these topical creams and gels may provide some relief for bunion and big toe joint pain, they should be used as a complementary therapy alongside other treatments, such as orthotics or physical therapy. It’s also important to talk to your doctor before using any topical creams or gels, as they may interact with other medications or medical conditions.

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Dr. Tomasz Biernacki received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine in 2013; he completed his Surgical Reconstructive Foot Surgery & Podiatric Medicine Residency in 2017; he completed 2 separate traveling Fellowships in Diabetic Surgery, Skin Grafting & Nerve Surgery. He is double board certified in Podiatric Medicine and separately in Foot & Ankle Surgery. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” about himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Biernacki is a licensed podiatrist in Michigan. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Biernacki and you. It would be best if you did not change your health regimen or diet before consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.