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Bunions - achy big toe!

Blog by Vancouver Orthotics, Hycroft Medical Building (114-3195 Granville St @ 16th Ave) | August 13th, 2008

Hi Vancouver!

Yesterday a new patient visited our office complaining of sore feet and an achy big toe. Upon evaluation is was clear that this patient was suffering from well pronounced bunions on both feet.

A bunion (hallux valgus) is a structural deformity of the bones and the joint between the foot and big toe, and may be painful. A bunion is an enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint at the base of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint). The big toe may turn in toward the second toe (angulation), and the tissues surrounding the joint may be swollen and tender.

While there is a definite genetic link to the formation of bunions, a major cause is chronic mechanical pressure applied to the big toe. This pressure is most often due to a pronated and fallen arch. Ill-fitting footwear can also play a large role in the development of these annoying and uncomfortable sore spots.

I find one of the best ways to reduce the formation of bunions and prevent the need for surgery, is to have the arches supported and the proper foot mechanics restored. This is the purpose of custom orthotic inserts.

Please let our office know if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Horowitz. 604-733-7744. Have a great summer!