Lately, you’ve been having trouble walking or exercising without pain, and it’s all because of the bunion that has formed on your big toe. If you’re waiting for it to go away on its own, that unfortunately is not going to happen. However, your chiropractor may be able to offer a solution that will prevent the problem from becoming worse: custom orthotics. Here’s how this treatment can help keep your bunion from growing.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is a bony bump that usually forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. Said bump will pull the toe out of alignment, causing the joint to stick out. You’ll probably realize you have a bunion due to the swelling, redness, and/or soreness that occurs around the big toe, and you’ll likely experience significant pain that can be chronic or recurring.
Bunions might form due to ill-fitting shoes that crowd your toes, or they could occur due to rheumatoid arthritis. Regardless of the cause, they often lead to considerable discomfort and will likely become more severe over time.
How Can Orthotics Treatment Help with Bunions?
While bunions can only be completely removed with surgery, there are conservative options for managing the pain, and custom orthotics are one of the most notable ones. An orthotic device is a special insert for your shoe; it provides support and comfort for your foot to relieve all kinds of symptoms. Custom-made orthotics provided by a chiropractor are designed with your unique foot in mind, allowing them to make specific corrections to the balance of your foot to avoid further injury.
With custom orthotics, you can redistribute the pressure that’s placed on your feet when walking. This significantly reduces your pain, and it can prevent the bunion from growing. Your chiropractor can keep an eye on your foot to make sure that the orthotics are keeping the problem under control.
How Can You Get Orthotics Treatment for Bunions?
If you want customized orthotics to help with your bunion pain, first you’ll need to have your problem diagnosed. Your chiropractor will have to examine your foot to confirm the source of your pain as well as how severe the issue is. Then they can put together a treatment plan based on their findings. They may recommend combining custom orthotics with at-home remedies that can further reduce the pain, such as periodically applying ice to the toe.
Are you ready to get some relief for your feet? Reach out to your chiropractor today to schedule an appointment and start learning more about custom orthotics and other surgery-free solutions that they may be able to suggest for your bunion pain.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Brigitte Rozenberg is Culver City’s trusted chiropractor. She completed her training at the Cleveland Chiropractic College, and she is a Board-Certified Chiropractor in California. At Spinatomy Spine & Disc Centers, she provides custom orthotics to treat bunions as well as other painful conditions. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rozenberg, visit her website or call (310) 299-0472.