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November 26, 2015
Category: Orthotics
Tags: bunions   pain  

Bunions are a very common problem for both men and women. Not only do bunions hurt when they rub with footwear, but they can progress to the point where they lead to significant deformity. In fact, in severe cases, bunions can cause the entire joint of the big toe to dislocate. We want to avoid this! Here is what we can do for you and your bunions!

What Causes Bunions?

Unfortunately, there are many causes of bunions and sometimes these can be difficult to pinpoint. Causes include biomechanical fault, congenital deformity, genetic predisposition, environmental factors such as wearing inadequate footwear, disease, or a combination of these. Because bunions represent a bony deformity, the only true way to rid oneself of a bunion is surgically. Unfortunately, surgery wait times in Ontario are very long, recovery can be long and painful, and what’s worse is that unless the underlying biomechanical problem is corrected, there is a high risk for bunion recurrence. This is where your chiropodist comes in handy!

What Can we do for your Bunion?

Its simple, really. Biomechanical problems such as flat feet, faulty gait patterns, muscle tightness/weakness or joint hypermobility can all contribute to the development of a bunion, and further, can cause existing bunions to worsen. The goal for a chiropodist and your bunion is to reduce pain, prevent progression of deformity and reduce pressure spots caused by the deformity.  This is achieved three main ways:

  1. Orthotics, padding and strapping: all three of these modalities can alter foot mechanics, which can in turn reduce pressure on the foot and prevent progression of the bunion deformity
  2. Debridement of trouble callous: this can help reduce pressure areas, improve pain and prevent wounds and ulcers (this is particularly important if you have diabetes).
  3. Footwear education: you need an expert when it comes to footwear for bunions, plain and simple. What’s more, a chiropodist has the tools in office to make modifications to your current footwear to make instant changes to improve comfort


If you have painful bunions, you might benefit greatly from a visit to us! Call 519-624-4122 to find out more!


Bunions getting you down? 

It is sad to say, but these are the final days of summer. And with September comes back-to-school, settling into old routines, and colder weather.  Around this time, most of us switch out our summer sandals, fancy pedicures and toenail polish for closed-toed footwear- and this transition can lead to a spike in foot problems.

In particular, statistics show that complaints of bunion pain increase dramatically in the fall. A bunion is a bone deformity caused by an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of the big toe. About 1 in 3 individuals have bunions and they often a present within families. Most of the time, bunions are painless.  But when a patient does experience bunion pain, it is usually due to abnormal friction and rubbing with footwear.  Therefore it is no surprise that the switch from accommodative sandals to more occlusive fall footwear leads to an increase in bunion-related office visits!

 So what can be done about your bunions? One aspect of bunion care is prevention of further deformity. This can be achieved through a variety of facets, some of which include: protective padding applied by a chiropodist, callus/corn removal or use of a splint. A bunion splint is a corrective device that is usually worn at night that works to pull the big toe outward in order to prevent further inward deviation of the digit, along with preventing outward deviation of the joint. These are available at chiropody offices.

 Finally, one of the most effective options for bunions is to have a full biomechanical assessment to determine faulty foot mechanics followed by development of custom orthotics. Orthotics will help to correct the underlying biomechanical issues that could be causing your bunions.For later stage bunion deformity, surgery may be effective. Surgery in Ontario is conducted by an orthopedic surgeon and has variable long-term results. 

If fall footwear has resulted in increased pain to your bunions, or for a biomechanical assessment, call our office today at 519-624-4122! We can help. 

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Chiropodist - Cambridge, Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch, 366 Hespeler Road, Cambridge Ontario, N1R 6J6 519-624-4122