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Bunions are a painful condition, but there are options for managing pain. Our treatment options for bunions depend on both conservative treatments, like orthotics for bunions, and surgery.

How do bunions develop?

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bunion is the painful swelling or deformation at the base of the big toe. The structure of the foot and how it functions is heavily influenced by genetic markers, which in turn affects how a person walks. When you walk, the joints of the foot flex as the heel hits the ground. This can result in the foot flattening, and the arch of the foot collapsing. Sometimes, the tendon that allows the big toe to move up can pull sideways into the second toe.

Bunions do not develop overnight. It can take years for bunion pain or deformity to develop. If there is a bump visible around the big toe’s base, or severe pain is being experienced, it might be time to have the foot checked for bunions. Another early indicator would be visible movement from the big toe’s natural position closer to the second toe.

How do orthotics for bunions work?

Orthotics for Bunions by Mission Viejo Foot and Ankle Surgeon (1)Orthotics help to relieve bunion pain by taking pressure off the first metatarsal bone. The orthotic must be fit properly to the foot in order to serve its function. If the orthotic device is not flush with the arch of the foot, then it is not nearly as effective. For example, if the arch is made too low, it will not give the support that is needed to reduce pain and pressure.

Orthotics will essentially turn your footwear into a useful treatment method. Since shoes are items that need to be worn daily, it is an incredibly convenient way to manage bunion pain. However, orthotics for bunions need to be fitted for each patient by an experienced and knowledgeable professional.

At our office, our staff is up to date with current developments in the field so that our patients can receive the very best orthotics for their condition, making them an effective and reliable treatment.

How do you know that orthotics work?

Many studies have been performed in order to determine whether orthotics can help to relieve bunions, and to what extent. V. James Sammarco, MD, and Ryan Nichols, CPED, OST, published an article in the Foot and Ankle Clinics journal stating that orthotics could dramatically affect conditions for the better. The treatment of mechanical problems with the foot by orthotics can remove the need for surgery. In his article for the Superior Biomechanics Newsletter, Abbie Najjarine, BSc (Pod), stated that orthotics were essential for the treatment of bunions as well as to prevent their reoccurrence. In 1996, a quantitative analysis of orthotics as treatment for bunions was published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. It showed conclusively the positive effects of orthotics. The research simply supports orthotics for bunions as a viable and non-invasive treatment.

A Simple and Painless Solution

Orthotics for Bunions by Mission Viejo Foot and Ankle Surgeon (2)The burden of the process of orthotic creation lies with the doctor, and not the patient. The first step is to make a cast of the foot. This can be done with a laser scan or by creating a physical cast. During this step, we ensure that the foot is not bearing weight and is in the proper position. Once the cast is made, creating the orthotics for bunions is easy. We write careful and precise instructions to make sure that the orthotics are made in the laboratory to our exact specifications and to provide sufficient support. The high quality materials that we use ensure that there are minimal alterations needed and that there will be no irritation to the foot. We only use the best quality.

Treatment for bunions is most effective before there is excruciating pain, discomfort, or deformity. Of course, there are some patients that benefit from other conservative treatments for bunions, as well as some that require surgical intervention. Our experienced staff will help you to determine the treatment approach that is best for you after a thorough consultation that involves questions about your symptoms and your medical history. We will likely also perform diagnostic testing in order to see the severity of your issue and to look for underlying problems that would be helpful in determining your treatment plan.

Contact our office today to find out how we can help you find relief with orthotics for bunions. We are ready to meet with you to find out the best treatment approach for you.