I’ve had a lot of patients come in recently with increased pain associated with bunions – that little bump on the inside part of your shoe. They develop when the inside arch of the foot drops and the big toe rotates outward. Bunions worsen when the arch remains unsupported and the rest of the foot begins to weaken from changes in the set-up of muscle and tendon mechanics, etc. Similar to the development of arthritis, some people are more prone to this condition than others. So it naturally follows that everyone is different when it comes to management of this presentation.
Many people will benefit purely from a daily foot strengthening and walking re-education program that helps improve their foot pain. Some will require short or long term use of an orthotic in combination with a strengthening and walking program. Those who cannot progress from more conservative management may require surgery.
At Great Moves, our Physical Therapists are trained to see how you move and fix how you move. Whether it is through a movement overhaul, or providing you with a custom fabricated orthotic, schedule your appointment with us today and find out how we can help you with your foot pain!
For more information about the development and treatment of bunions, please visit the Mayo Clinic’s website.