Condition #13: Bunions
Bunions are enlargements of bone on the first toe joint. Some of the causes of bunions may be footwear, disease, genetics and over-pronation. Pronation is part of the natural movement that occurs when walking or running.
Bunions are a progressive deformity. You don’t just wake up one morning and there it is – a bunion! The enlargement area will often become painful and red. How fast a bunion develops depends on the amount of excess foot motion a person is prone to.
What’s your pronation pattern?
Controlling excess pronation – or overpronation – can often take the pressure off the first toe joint and help to relieve the pain, but it will not change the size of the enlargement.
A custom orthotic made specifically for your foot can stop or slow down the progression of the deformity, but only surgery can remove the excess bone. Learn more about bunions.
If you’re experiencing foot pain – talk to your Chiropodist today!