Have you noticed that the shape of your big toes are changing? You may have bunions. The two most common changes you will notice with bunions is an enlarged bump on the inside of the foot (just behind the toe) and movement of the big toe closer and closer to your second toe. Bunions can be embarrassing and can become inflamed, sore and difficult to fit into regular shoes.
How did my feet develop Bunions?
Why you get bunions can be multi-factorial. Generally, poor biomechanics (the way you stand and walk) combined with inappropriate shoes and in some cases even genetics. Women suffer from bunions more than men do and although you don’t want to believe it sometimes, it is because of your shoes. Tight, narrow dress heels may be fashionable but they will catch up to you eventually.
We can’t blame everything on footwear, however. There are systemic conditions like Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis that can weaken and change the shape of your toes.
I don’t want bunions. What can I do?
The best way to treat bunions is prevention. Start by making reasonable footwear choices and make sure your regular day-to-day shoes offer you the best support and are not squeezing your toes together. Also, having poor biomechanics (flat feet, over-pronation) need to be addressed early. You may require custom orthotics to help with this. Exercise and stretching of the foot can also help if you do it regularly.
What Mount Joy Foot Clinic & Orthotic Centre can do for you
Once you’ve made the decision to treat or prevent bunions, our Chiropodist will take a thorough medical history, perform a physical exam and work with you to develop a treatment / prevention plan. We can assist in evaluating your need for custom orthotics, orthopedic footwear, shoe modifications and recommend a daily exercise and stretching program. We can also help fit and dispense bunion night splints that can be worn over night. For more information or to book your appointment, call 905-209-8000.