Hallux Valgus is the medical name for a bunion. A bunion is a deformity of the big toe that causes the big toe to point inwards towards the other smaller toes, this causes the first metatarsal attached to the big toe to protrude outwards as a result. Bunions can cause swelling to occur on the big toe as well as mild discomfort and pain. Other symptoms can include hard calluses forming on the big toe joint as well as blisters.
There are a multitude of things that can cause bunions to develop. The most apparent being genetics. Bunions tend to run in families that have a genetic predisposition to inflexible joints and foot abnormalities such as fallen arches that can cause excessive load and pressure on the big toe.
Arthritis can also cause bunions to develop. It is thought that arthritis can weaken the big toe joint leaving it more susceptible to pressure deforming the joint. The most common arthritis that can affect the big toe joint and cause bunions are Gout, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. In some instances the excessive pressure cause on the big toe caused by bunions can can also arthritis to develop.
Poorly fitted and unsupportive shoes are also believed to cause bunions to develop. Shoes with a narrow toe box can bunch your toes together and deform the big toe. Shoes that do not support the feet properly can cause biomechanical imbalances that may cause excessive pressure on the big toe forcing it out of shape and a bunion to develop.
If a bunion is not treated it can get worse. That is why it is best that you seek medical attention from a foot specialist if you are suffering from a bunion. A foot specialist such a podiatrist or physiotherapist will be able to properly advise you on the best treatments that are targeted towards you.
How insoles can help!
Wearing orthotic insoles can help ease your bunions and are the number one treatment option used by foot specialists. Orthotic insoles are designed to help improve the biomechanics of your feet and in doing so take strain and pressure off the big toe. Insoles will also help to protect your big toe from shock which can occur when walking or running preventing further damage to your big toe joint. Orthotic insoles have also been proven to help ease pain and soreness associated with bunions.
For the best results when wearing insoles, it is recommended that you also wear shoes with plenty room that comfortable fit both your feet and insoles.
Here at Shoewawa we have a wide selection of orthotic insoles that are designed to treat and prevent a number of foot related injuries including this one. Buying from our store is quick, simple and secure. All orders are done through PayPal and no credit card or bank information is ever shared or stored on our servers. We also offer a full 30 day money back guarantee. Our guarantee means if your new insoles weren’t what you were expecting, failed to ease you symptoms or you were just simply not happy with them, then you can send the insoles back to us and we will give you a complete refund no questions asked!
If you are unsure about what insoles will be best for your feet then you can get in touch with us here at Shoewawa via our contact us page where we will be able to help you find the right pair of insoles for you. You can alternatively ask your foot related questions on our online forum!