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Are you looking for a non-surgical approach to treating bunions? Are your bunions painful, growing and inflammed? Are your toes starting to shift outward? Do you feel pain & irritation in and around your big toe joint? Are you looking for a non-surgical way to treat your bunions and even reverse the process?

You've come to the right place. We can help. Please keep reading and when you are ready to schedule your consult/exam with Dr. Michael Horowitz of Vancouver Orthotics, you can reach us at 604-737-3668.

A bunion is a boney bump that forms on the joint of the big toe. They form when your big toe is pushed up against your other toes, forcing the joint of your big toe to stick out. The skin over the bunion might appear to be red and sore. The exact cause is unclear however, bunions may develop as a result of genetics, stress on your foot from wearing shoes that are too small or a medical condition, such as arthritis. At Vancouver Orthotics we offer natural bunion relief and treatment, without the use of surgery. The use of custom orthotic inserts can successfully treat and even prevent uncomfortable and painful bunions. A bunionette is a boney bump that forms on the joint of the pinky toe. Much less common than a bunion, bunionettes, or Tailor's bunions, are caused by the enlargement the fifth (and last) metatarsal bone. 


    • What causes bunion pain?
    • How do you know if you have a bunion?
    • Can bunions can be treated without surgery, naturally?
    • What are alternatives to bunion surgery?
    • Should you use a bunion splint?
    • What is a bunionectomy and what is the recovery time?
    • How can orthotics help with bunion treatment?
    • Are bunion correctors effective?
    • Are bunons painful?
    • Will I need a bunion splint?

Dr. Michael Horowitz offers a 5-Step process to successfully treating Bunions/Bunionettes. He can help evaluate & diagnose your condition and recommend the best course of action for you. Call Vancouver Orthotics at 604-737-3668 for more information.

Non-invasive Treatment for Hallux Valgus: aka Bunions

Hallux Valgus is the fancy term for Bunions. A bunion is a painful bursal enlargement and bone growth that may protrude from the joint of your big toe. Dr. Michael Horowitz, a prominent doctor of chiropractic in Vancouver who has studied and assists in the diagnoses and treatment of hallux valgus, bunions. He owns Vancouver Orthotics, in the heart of Vancouver, BC, Canada. Practicing since 2000, he is familiar with the biomechanics of the feet. Biomechanics is the analysis of the movement and structure of living things. Let's explore what bunions are all about and how custom orthotics inserts can provide a non-surgical alternative to treatment.

What is Hallux Valgus (Bunion)

Bunions are often experienced as pain and a round bump that consists of bone and thickened tissue on the side of your distal big toe joint. This may cause displacement and mis-positioning the bones in your foot, creating more pain and biomechanics stress. This may cause your big toe to point outward, pushing on the adjacent 2nd and 3rd toe. It develops around the joint and can become fairly large in size. Smaller bunions on the outer foot are called bunionette's, may develop on and around the 5th “baby” toe.

Causes of Bunions

Bunions or bunionettes can develop for a multitude of reasons. Since the feet and hands are hereditary aspects of the human body, bunions can pass down through first-party genetics. This means if a person has bunions, their children may develop them as well. It was first-thought that bunions were only hereditary, but that is not the case.

Some medical conditions can promote the development of the bunion.. These include arthritis, a foot injury, or a neuromuscular condition. Problems with the tone of your muscles, lax ligaments, joint issue, or flat feet (overpronation) can trigger the development of bunions.

Additionally, improper fitting shoes can add to the risk. High heels and/or a narrow forefoot of your footwear may be aggravating factors. Certain types of physical activity may also trigger pain such as running, court sports, dancing and jumping/pivoting activities. Your overall foot shape and mis-alignment may lead to bunions. Dr. Horowitz can diagnose this problem and may have some insight into what may be the cause.

Symptoms of Hallux Valgus

The most common symptom of your bunion is a painful irritation with or without a red swollen bump. The pain could be mild discomfort or severe agony. You may see red blotches, discoloured skin or a bruise around your big toe joint. Corns or calluses may pop-up around the area where the toes are rubbing together. When you wear shoes or socks, the pain may be more intense. Your shoe may not fit as well as it did before the bunion began appearing. 

How Custom Orthotic Inserts can help

The difference between custom orthotic inserts and store-bought insoles is rather simple. Store brands are for generic foot types and provide cushioning. While custom orthotic inserts fit your foot perfectly and provide a therapeutic response. They care custom made to your feet and thus provide the specific benefits that your feet require. For a specific condition, such as a bunion, custom orthotics are what would be the ideal choice. Dr. Horowitz uses 3D scanning techniques to obtain your foot's dynamics to a tee. Additionally, he provides further analysis, using an electronic gait scan, having you walk on this gait plate, it records specific information about the timing and pressures of your feet that can be helpful in your diagnosis and treatment plan.

A custom orthotic insert can relieve and redistribute pressure from the bunion. It can protect the area from rubbing on your socks or shoes. This method alleviates pain and discomfort by stabilizing the foot. The insoles can also help realign your toes to minimize additional calluses from rubbing. If left untreated, bunions can grow, develop in size and become a bigger issue. The custom orthotic inserts can help prevent that from happening.

Dr. Horowitz provides consultation, examination and an extensive foot analysis to get to the root of your foot issue. During your initial consultation, you will learn your options and his experience will guide you. His number one priority is to help you live a healthier pain-free life. Foot pain can be a mild annoyance or debilitating. You don't have to give up the activities you love. Custom orthotic Inserts can greatly improve your overall health. With reasonable prices, you have nothing to lose and only your freedom to gain.

Dr. Michael Horowitz's Vancouver Orthotics office always welcomes new patients. Every custom insert has a warranty on structure and modifications. His integrity is top-notch as your satisfaction is our top priority. The staff at Dr. Horowitz's office are friendly and ready to assist you in answering your questions.

Vancouver Orthotics is in Vancouver, BC, in the Hycroft medical building at 114-3195 Granville St, Questions? Email Dr. Horowitz at, Stop by Dr. Horowitz's website for more information, Call, 604-737-3668, to make an appointment, or book your appointment online at Become pain-free and enjoy life again with Vancouver custom orthotic inserts!

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