How To Improve Bunions
Bunions occur when the big toe joint changes in angle compared to the metatarsal bone creating a bump and a big toe the is pushed toward the outside of the foot.
Bunions can cause all sorts of problems with both feet;
– Joint discomfort
– Rubbing from footwear or trouble fitting shoes
– Unsightly look
Bunions can also cause other problems due to the joint not functioning appropriately, with problems like heel, knee and hip discomfort common problems we see with bunions.
These issues can have a huge impact on daily life, fitting shoes, restricted in exercise or discomfort at work.
What about surgery?
Our most common question about bunions. Our aim is to avoid surgery wherever possible to the risk of worse outcomes. Surgery can be expensive requires 1-2 months off your feet and is not always successful in reducing discomfort and improving function. We quite often say – The bunion might be gone but now the joint doesn’t work properly and you might have more discomfort than before the surgery.
As podiatrists, we are trained in the conservative management of bunions and at Footsure we have undergone further specialised training to improve our treatment and success with their treatment. Using a technique called Foot Mobilisation Therapy or FMT which involves physical therapy and stretching of the bunion joint and other foot joints that may be restricted we have had success in reducing the angle of the big toe and reducing discomfort in the bunion joints.
We also incorporate stretching and strengthening to maintain improvement and prevent deterioration and use custom foot orthotics where we believe they are important to improving the function of the joint.
If you (or a loved one) has been having trouble with bunions, you’re welcome to pop into the clinic, call us or book an appointment online.