bunion (hallux valgus) is an enlargement of bone or
tissue around the joint at the base of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint). Treatment options for bunions include arch supports, custom-made
orthotics, and custom-made shoes. All of these
temporarily change the way the bones, muscles, and ligaments of the foot work
together. They will not cure the bunion, but they may help relieve some
structural problems that are contributing to it by:
Reducing pressure on the big toe
Preventing too much rolling inward of the foot (excessive pronation)
during walking or running. Excessive foot pronation has been linked to bunion
Helping keep the toe joint in a more normal alignment
and controlling the shortening of ligaments and other tissues that may be
pulling the joint out of alignment.
Arch supports are available without a prescription.
Orthotics and custom-made shoes are available with a prescription and are
professionally fitted to your foot.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 04, 2010
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