Bunions are one of the most common foot problems that people have. A bunion is a bony bump located at the base of the big toe and can be painful when it rubs against a person’s shoe.
Bunions form when the big toe moves out of place and begins to turn toward the other toes. As the big toe moves towards the other toes, calluses, corns and deformities of the other toes usually occurs, in addition to possible limited motion in the big toe.
Symptoms of a bunion include:
- Pain at the base of the big toe
- You may also experience symptoms in your feet, knees, hips and lower back
Your big toe is designed to bear most of your weight when you walk. Excessive pronation (or flattening of the foot) can contribute the formation of bunions. Bunions are the result of improper forces being passed through the joint during walking and a bunion is usually the end result of a long period of incorrect foot function.
Foot Bunion Treatment: The initial goal of bunion treatment is to relieve pressure on the bunion and to relieve any other symptoms that may be present. Additional foot bunion treatment can involve:
- Footwear modifications: correctly fitting shoes are essential to help pain caused by a bunion rubbing against the inside of the shoe. This helps the pain but does not help correct the bunion.
- Bunion surgery: this type of surgery can vary with the type and severity of the bunion. Surgery is often indicated in moderate to severe bunions and in bunions that do not respond to conservative measures. If your bunion requires surgery, it is crucial that the cause of the problem is also addressed. Failure to do this may result in additional surgery when your bunion returns in a few years
Custom-made Full Contact Orthotics will address your bunion by correcting abnormal joint positions to allow normal joint function to be restored. This type of orthotic provides both primary treatment and preventative bunion care.
Full Contact Orthotics, unlike typical custom orthotics, are designed to completely support the corrected arch of your foot, as determined by a unique way of capturing your optimal foot position.
This truly restores proper foot function. When this is done, the cause of your bunion is being addressed rather than just the symptoms.
The right orthotics can arrest or reverse bunions, especially in mild to moderate cases. Full Contact Orthotics, however, are indicated to help restore proper function to the foot even in severe cases.
Resolution of your bunion and its symptoms will vary based on the type, severity and cause of your bunion. In addition, your age and the mobility of your joints is also a factor in foot bunion treatment.
Full Contact Orthotics are also critical to avoid re-occurrence of your bunion after surgery.