Hallux valgus is a condition where the joint of the big toe has a deformity causing it to point inward toward the other toes. This condition causes a bony bump at the joint at the base of the big toe, called a bunion. Bunions can have a variety of different causes and anybody can get them.
There is a higher incidence of bunions in people of Asian and African descent so there is a hereditary component to bunion development. Other causes would be wearing tight narrow shoes that force the toes to scrunch together, weak foot muscles, fallen foot arches, or an inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid.
Bunions can oftentimes become swollen, red, and painful. Wearing wider shoes can help alleviate the pressure placed on the bunion itself. Strengthening the intrinsic foot muscles will help to offset the muscle imbalances caused by the deformity. Wearing arch supports in your shoes can also help to improve your foot position and get the pressure off the affected joint.
Implementing all of these interventions for your bunions can really make a difference in your day to day life where something as simple as standing and walking can be painful. If none of these interventions help, it may be worth an appointment with your doctor to see if your case requires surgery.
Here at Rush-Henrietta Family Chiropractic, your Rochester chiropractor, we treat bunion pain and other foot conditions. We also offer Foot Levelers custom foot orthotics that are custom fit for your foot and shoes. Give us a call and let’s get you back on your feet!