A bunion is a bony enlargement of the joint and surrounding soft tissues at the base of the big toe. The enlargement makes the big toe joint stick out further on the side, and forces the big toe to curve in closer to the other toes. For some people, bunions cause little or no pain. A small fluid-filled sac (bursa) adjacent to the joint can also become inflamed (bursitis), leading to additional swelling, redness, and pain. A more deep joint pain may occur as localized arthritis develops in later stages of the deformity. In Canada, women are 10 times more likely than men to have bunions.
Causes of Bunions:
Some people develop bunions from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly (especially high heels or narrow-toed shoes). For other people, bunions are caused by factors beyond their control. These can include:
- A family history of a foot type that is susceptible to bunions
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Conditions affecting the joints (e.g., arthritis)
- Severe injury to the foot
- Deformities at birth
- Problems that affect the way a person walks (e.g., rolling in at the ankles)
Managing the condition so that it doesn't get worse is a matter of wearing appropriate footwear, cushioning and supporting the area, and taking pain relievers as required. People with more severe bunions may need more specific treatment, such as surgery.
- Wider width shoes
- Strengthening exercises
- Use of Inter-digital spacers
- Custom orthotics
- Strapping, day aligner and night splints
- Pain and discomfort are the main issues with bunions.
- Made of a special material called power net, which gently aligns the big toe towards its natural position. Power-net is a breathable material that provides a comfortable fit.
- Can be used stand-alone, with or without orthotics.
- Improves flexion movement.
- Can help delay arthritis of the big toe while keeping the big toe in alignment.
- Provides arch support.
- Fits comfortably into shoes.
- The Bunion aligner is available in 5 sizes, from x-smal to x-large for a comfortable fit.
Slip the Bunion aligner over the big toe, pull it under the arch and latch it to the back of your foot. You should notice the difference right away.
Our team of registered chiropodists located in Oakville at both the 461 North Service Rd. W, and at 3001 Hospital Gate will measure you and choose the product that's right for you. Feet are our speciality.
Toe Splint Brace - Night Time Use
- Indications: Bunions stage 1 - 4.
- Symptoms: Pain and discomfort of the big toe due to bunions.
- May be covered by your insurance company.
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