Tips on how to Prevent Bunions


A bunion is an abnormal, bony protrusion that forms at the base of the big toe. Typically, the big toe slowly deviates towards the other toes, and because of this, the joint between the base of the big toe and the first metatarsal bone slowly pushes outwards forming the bunion. A bunion can also form in the joint of the small toe and fifth metatarsal bone. This condition is called a bunionette or tailor’s bunion.

When we walk, the foot joints move in accordance to support and balance the weight of our body. Due to this, bunions can be extremely painful, especially in the later stages when they become large, because the joints are not correctly aligned. The only way permanently treat advanced stages of bunions is thru surgery. One of the most effective and latest surgical techniques is called minimally invasive or no scar bunion surgery.

Fortunately, bunions can be managed to slow down or even prevent the protrusion of joints, here is what you can do:

1.       Don’t wear tight shoes. This is the number one cause of acquired bunions. Never pick a shoe because it looks pretty, especially those pointy high heels. Always purchase supportive shoes that fit you perfectly.

2.       If you have a family history of bunions or suspect that you have a bunion and it does not cause you any pain, then it is best to avoid actives that can cause bunions like ballet, soccer, etc, which  require you to wear constrictive shoes or force your toes into awkward positions.

3.       Walk barefoot. It is good give your feet a break from those enclosed shoes and walk around barefoot. This allows your foot to naturally stretch, spreading all the bones and joints and allowing the ligaments and tendons to freely support the foot.


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