Bunions really are a very common condition of the feet. These are mainly caused by the footwear which can be too tight pushing the big toe over and resulting in the joint at the base of the big toe to become bigger. That's what a bunion is. The continuing force from the footwear may become quite painful and osteoarthritis can develop within the joint. They are more common in women, probably as they are very likely to use more tightly fitting high heel shoes. The only way to make them go away is to have surgery. Since we walk on our feet and that big toe or hallux is an important joint, surgery on that joint is associated with a time of at the very least several months of disability following the surgery. On that basis, lots of people prefer to avoid the surgical option if they can.
There really are no non-surgical alternatives to get rid of bunions. However, there are many non-surgical solutions which can stop them being painful, however they are unable to get rid of them. You will find the bunion correctors which are splints that you use through the night which are intended to correct the angle of the big toe. These bunion correctors do keep the toe mobile and flexible which is a good thing, but they do not make anymore than a few degrees difference to the angle of the big toe. Exercises to maintain the metatarsophalangeal joint mobile and supple are often useful with some of the pain which can develop within the joint. If there is pain on the metatarsophalangeal joint from pressure from the footwear, then it's important that the footwear be wide enough and fitted properly. Various pads can be used to keep force off the enlarged metatarsophalangeal joint. These types of non-surgical options won't make bunions disappear, but they will go along way to helping any pain that they may have from them.