There are actually a few different treatments available depending on the stage of development, if you’re getting pain, where you’re getting pain and your gait function.
If you have had a bunion since you were a child then orthotics may or may not be an option for you but in adulthood controlling the function of the Abductor and Adductor Hallucis muscles that move your big toe can delay the development of the bunion substantially. Orthotics are very effective in these cases.
Strapping techniques and toe separators improve the alignment of the joint in the shoe. These can be very helpful in reducing footwear irritation and therefore inflammation or joint pain.
Exercises to strengthen the correct muscles can help restore improved function to the toe and foot itself.
Intrinsic muscle strength or Toe Yoga is an essential part of management.
Good footwear choices are essential to increasing comfortable but also in preventing it getting worse. Footwear is one of the main contributing factors other than genetic predisposition to making bunions grow faster!
Changing lacing position is very effective in reducing forefoot pressure for both bunions and other forefoot pathology.
Night Splints are a great way to help with stretching the Adductor Hallucis muscle.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to book an appointment with one of our experienced podiatrists, should you wish to speak further about bunions.