Bunions

Bunions

Overview:

Unsightly, annoying and sometimes painful, bunion is a bony bump that develops at the base of the big toe. Medically referred to as “hallux valgus,” they occur as the result of misaligned joints and, as a result, the big toe starts to grow into the rest of the toes. The more this body part continues to drift sideways, the further the bony bump sticks out. This soon leads to the joint becoming inflamed, tender and painful.

A common foot condition that occurs especially among women, it can often be attributed to poor choice in footwear. Much of the high heels we see stomping down the runways are detrimental to the wearers for numerous reasons. Dramatic heights put abnormal amounts of weight on the front of the foot; arch support is often minimal; and the “fashionable” look of tight, narrow boxtoes frequently leads to bunions. Therefore, it is universally recommended that women purchase shoes with wide, rounded fronts and steer clear of the pointy heels.

Footwear fashion is not the only source of this condition; though rare, bunions can be triggered through hereditary or, equally seldom, a byproduct of excessive pronation, rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. Other sources include feeble ligaments, over pronation and having legs of unequal lengths.

Left untreated, bunions lead to future problems including bursitis, hammertoe and eventually chronic arthritis.

Products

Vionic Slimfit Women's Dress Insoles - Orthaheel

Vionic Slimfit Women's Dress Insoles - Orthaheel

Orthaheel Slimfit Dress Shoe Orthotic Insoles - arch support & pronation control for Women's dress shoes and heels - Free Shipping
$34.95
Wheaton Bunion Splint, Brace

Wheaton Bunion Splint, Brace

The Wheaton Bunion Splint is useful for conservative treatment or post-operative splinting of bunions. The comfortable, breathable neoprene makes it convenient to wear both day and night, even in shoes. Available in four sizes to fit children and adults. This patented Wheaton Bunion Brace, made of thin, breathable neoprene, can be worn inside roomier shoes throughout the day and in total comfort throughout the night. The fabric is cut and sewn on the bias to adjust to the big toe and provide a gentle, corrective force to help prevent the bunion deformity from getting worse. Replace cumbersome and bulky straps with a comfortable foot sleeve that aids bunion alignment, reduces pain and raises the comfort level
$23.95
Apex Bunion Night Splint - Hallux Valgus

Apex Bunion Night Splint - Hallux Valgus

The Bunion Night Splint helps keep the big toe aligned and prevents bunions from worsening. The soft bumper pad cushions the big toe.
$29.95
Toe Alignment Splint - Bunions - Hammertoes

Toe Alignment Splint - Bunions - Hammertoes

The Toe Alignment Splint by Darco helps to maintain correction following surgery for bunions, hallux valgus, hammer toes, and Taylor's bunion (bunions that occur at the base of the 5th toe) . The metatarsal band portion is made of soft cotton lined with foam. A soft elasticized cotton band fits securely around the foot behind the metatarsal heads. Slip the thin straps over problem toes and adjust the tension by moving the hook-and-loop strap. The special T-strap helps reduce bunion pain by slipping over the big toe and hooking to the back. Fits comfortably into standard footwear. Includes three adjustable straps. Can be used to treat multiple symptoms at the same time.
$30.00
Sockwell Revolution - Women's Bunion Relief Compression Socks
2 Colors Available

Sockwell Revolution - Women's Bunion Relief Compression Socks

The Sockwell Revolution for Women is great for those with bunions. Revolution features a cushioned toe pocket which protects toes against abrasion and soothes discomfort from overlapping. The Revolution offers Moderate Compression sock with 15-20 mmHg of pressure. The Women's Revolution will help energize your step, promote circulation, minimize swelling, help reduce fatigue, and speed up recovery. Soothe uncomfortable bunions by relieving shoe pressure and encourage natural alignment. Revolution is great to use with thong-post sandals / flip flops too!
$26.95 (save 16%)
Silipos Slim Gel-Fit Bunion Sleeve

Silipos Slim Gel-Fit Bunion Sleeve

This bunion care gel sleeve utilizes an advanced polymer gel formula to shield bunions from abrasion and pressure. The Bunion Care Sleeve is an elastic sleeve designed to position and hold a heart shaped polymer gel pad over the bunion joint. 
$39.95
Silipos Bunion Care Gel Sleeve

Silipos Bunion Care Gel Sleeve

This bunion care gel sleeve utilizes an advanced polymer gel formula to shield bunions from abrasion and pressure. The Bunion Care Sleeve is an elastic sleeve designed to position and hold a heart shaped polymer gel pad over the bunion joint
$39.95

Top sellers for: Bunions

Bunion Symptoms

Though not found in every case, the following symptoms usually occur when bunions are present:

  • A bulging bump on the base of the big toe.
  • Swelling and tenderness around this particular joint.
  • Surrounding skin and tissue should feel abnormally hard and is often discolored.
  • Corns or calluses near big toe.
  • Increased pain or discomfort when moving the largest of your toes.
  • Blisters occasionally form, especially when aggravated by the continuous friction of tight shoes.
  • If left untreated and continually kindled for years, a bunion can lead to the unnatural development of surplus bone.

Bunion Relief Products

Fortunately, most bunions are treatable without surgery. Orthotic Shop carries several products that will help relieve the pain and prevent the bunion from becoming a more prominent issue.

  • Bunion Splint Brace – Convenient to wear twenty-four hours of the day – even comfortable under socks. Helps reduce friction and irritation between the bunion and shoes and helps with straightening the unhealthily bulging joint.
  • Bunion Night Splint – Worn at night, this health accessory helps to properly realign big toe in order to stop the unhealthy progression and encourage healing.
  • Bunion Care Gel Sleeve – This day-time sleeve uses a polymer gel formula pad to safeguard and reduce pressure on the big toe joint.

Other Bunion Relief:

  • Ice and elevating the affected foot often help reduce the swelling.
  • Do NOT try to fit into tight shoes; there are footwear brands that are crafted to provide liberal room in the front, like Vionic/Orthaheel and Drew Shoes.
  • Do NOT wear heels that are higher than 2 ¼ inches to avoid further aggravating the bunion.
  • DAILY: use moisturizer on the rougher skin that develops near the bunion. Soften the area using a pumice stone to rub away the buildup of tough tissue.
  • Though surgery is rare, a podiatrist may recommend anti-inflammatory medication or cortisone shots to minimize acute pain.

Written by: on