Bunions are a malformed bony bump on the outside portion of the big toe. It becomes enlarged and angles toward the second toe putting pressure on the foot. This can be very painful.
Symptoms of a bunion:
- Bump or angulation on the outside of the first toe
- Swelling, redness and tenderness of the big toe
- Thickening of the skin on the bottom of your foot under the big toe
- Corns or calluses
- Pain of the first toe
- Restricted movement
Women are more likely to get bunions because of wearing high heels or shoes that don’t fit properly. Improper shoes can cause foot problems because the big toe begins to push on other toes and tissues. Improper shoes cause improper movement which may not be a problem now but will increase in the future if not managed.
Practioners that do not specialize in the management and function of extremities may not know that bunion formation can be caused by several dysfunctions of the foot. Bad body mechanics may go unnoticed. Improper walking or standing puts added stress on the foot and prevents toes from moving and gliding the way they should. Bones that are stuck prevent the toes from functioning normally and the foot, ankle, knees and hips begin to pay the price. Many people have been told there is nothing that can be done to change or manage this problem except tape the toe, put a divider between the big toe and second toe or have surgery where part of the toe is shaved off. This is just a short term solution and will result in further destruction of the foot.
At Precise Moves Chiropractic we specialize in extremities and can help you relieve foot problems and help you walk and stand better resulting in less pain and stress on your foot.
Give our Redwood City Chiropractic office a call today to start your journey to long term health!