Painful bunions occur when the big toe pushes towards the little toes. This causes swelling and inflammation on the outside of the big toe that can be painful to the touch. This makes it hard to walk, makes it difficult to wear shoes, and is generally very uncomfortable. Hallux valgus (bunions) can be corrected to reduce pain in many ways; a splint can hold the big toe out to keep the metatarsal alignment straight, a pad can help reduce pain by cushioning the bunion, various sleeves can help reduce pressure on the big toe. Shop-Orthopedics has many options to reduce bunion pain without surgery available below. Plus, you get free shipping!