Orthotics for Bunion

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  • Carrie Bunion

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 155 lbs
    • 5' 5"
    • Nashville , tn
    28
    Jun2018
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 4 - 6 Months
    • Repeat injury? No

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      Orthotics, Supportive Shoes,

    Would like to find a cure without surgery


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  • SCDC Bunion

    • Age 35-54
    • Male
    • 225 lbs
    • 6' 1"
    • Taylors, sc
    15
    May2018
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Chronicity 2 - 3 Months
    • Repeat injury? No

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Orthotics, Bunion pad/bootie, Toe Separator, Bunion Splint, Rest, Ice, Footwear Modification,
      Not Improved
      Cortisone Injection, Bunion socks, Proper Running Form, Supportive Shoes,
      Worsened
      Taping

    Daily life is unaffected. Walking becomes very painful on the bunionettes by mile 3 and bunions by mile 5.


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  • blah88 Bunion

    • Age n/a
    01
    Feb2016
    • Chronicity 4 - 6 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Massage, Supportive Shoes, Toe Separator, Proper Running Form
      Not Improved
      Orthotics

    This is a topic I unfortunately have a wealth of experience with. I suffered a basketball injury to my right foot ~10 years ago that left me with a bunion and hallux rigidus (stiff big toe). I've accepted that it will never heal, but I've learned how to manage it so that it has virtually no impact on me running 80 miles/week.

    First things first - I would advise against the Nike Frees. I tried the 3.0 three years ago, and while they felt great (light and fast), they were a major factor in me developing a significant foot injury (capsulitis) that left me unable to walk without pain for a year. I thought that I'd never run again. Because of the Free's last, I inadvertently began overusing the outside of my right foot, resulting in my big toe (with the bunion) not doing its share of the work. The first sign, which I promptly ignored, was peroneal tendonitis along the outside of the right calf. I foam-rolled / "sticked" it away and continued running high mileage. Then the ball of my right foot swelled up and running became impossible.

    I saw several orthopedic surgeons, a couple physical therapists, bought two expensive pairs of orthotics, and finally relearned how to use my big toe after a trying year.

    I've learned that I need to do the following to keep my foot fully functional:

    *Always be aware of my gait when walking and running. Proprioception is a funny thing in that you can sometimes lose it without knowing. I now periodically "check in" with my foot to make sure I feel the big toe pushing off and taking on about 2/5 of the load.

    *Stick with lightweight stability shoes. I like New Balance because the toe box is typically fairly wide. The 90x series was great for me and I use the 1190 now. The Saucony Mirage is another one I've had success with. You may require a different shoe, but I'd recommend sticking with some support, although you don't have to go over 10 ounces.

    *Interestingly, I now depend on the Correct Toes by Dr. Ray McClanahan. I tried a couple of the cheap spacers before, but the fact I can slap some socks and shoes on top of these make them well worth the expensive price. I wear them all day and night except for when I'm running or doing some other moderate physical activity.

    *I have to spend about 5 minutes pre-run and preferably 20 either post-run or in the evening massaging my foot and finger-spacing my toes. My left hand spaces and my right thumb goes in between and massages the knots/bubbles out of the ball of my foot near the big toe area. I also wiggle the big toe around a bit while it makes all kinds of arthritic cracking noises to try to keep the range of motion that I have left.

    That's about all I can think of at the moment.


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  • Marca Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Male
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Orthotics, Surgery

    My husband had bunions on both feet until the chiropractor fitted him for orthotics which corrected his arch, etc. That improved both, one almost completely. The other was too far advanced to be totally corrected without surgery so he had a bunionectomy a year ago. It was pretty painful and recovery time was about what is to be expected for surgery but he is doing SO well now!!! Much less back pain and more mobility!!! Hope this helps!!


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  • tjinak Bunion

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016
    • Chronicity 4 - 6 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Supportive Shoes
      Improved
      Orthotics

    I've endured bunions since high school, now 44. I am a runner and afraid that if I have the surgery that my running days will be over. I've read such mixed comments about the efficiency. Some folks talk about losing flexion in the joint between the toe and metatarsals. Using orthotics has helped with the pain but less so each year. As others have commented finding shoes is really tough, so long super cute stylish shoes, even flats! I find NAOT shoes to be comfortable and cute with lots of support on the metatarsals which seems most important.


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  • jarviscera Bunion

    • Age 35-54
    • Male
    01
    Feb2016
    • Chronicity 4 - 6 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Supportive Shoes
      Worsened
      Orthotics

    I have had bunions for about 10 years. They got worse as I began running more, and started preventing me from running. I used expensive custom cork/foam orthotics for 4 years until I realized that they had allowed my feet to grow weaker instead of stronger. Then I began transitioning to less supportive and wider footwear with less of a built up heel. The reasoning for this was that by slowly introducing less supportive footwear, my feet would grow stronger. The idea with wide shoe is to not smash and irritate the bunions, and the idea with the low heel is to lessen indirect pressure from body weight. I currently treat my bunions by wearing foot shaped, "zero drop" (no heel lift whatsoever) Altra brand running shoes, and sometimes Vibram Five Finger shoes to separate my toes and help to straighten them. The issue is still there, but it doesn't bother me as much as it used to. I'd love to eliminate the issue, but at least it's manageable.


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  • Lisa Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    01