Definition: Bunions (Hallux Valgus) is the bony enlargement of the first toe joint. Bunions can be associated with a drifting of the big toe toward the other toes of the foot.
Function: The normal function of the big toe joint is to propel your body forward and to assist balance.
The big toe may become mechanically mal-aligned and fails to function efficiently. Degeneration around the first toe joint may enlarge the joint and cause pain.
Custom made Orthotics can be an effective method to reduce your bunion pain. They are able to redistribute and load the foot in a different way in order to decrease stress to the affected area. Pedorthists use interventions such as supporting your medial/inside arch, using metatarsal domes and bars to support the metatarsal arch. Proper footwear is also pivotal to your recovery. Shoes with a wide and deep toebox along with no stitching at the bunion will decrease pressure to the first toe joint. Talk to your Pedorthist about proper footwear choices for you.