Spotlight on an Injury: Hallux Valgus (The Bunion!)

 

   

Pain Does NOT Need to Be a Part of Your Fitness Routine

What is it? A bump on the side of the big toe joint that over time causes the big toe to move towards the second toe with an enlargement of the medial first metatarsal head

What Causes It? Excessive pronation (the arch elongating when one is standing) and narrow footwear (greater incidence among women than men). Hereditary factors are listed in some literature.

Symptoms: Bunions may cause irritation of the skin around the bunion, pain when walking, joint redness and pain, and possible shift of the big toe toward the other toes. If not addressed, bunions will continue to grow and have negative impact on one's gait (walking/running pattern).

Note: When bunion deformity becomes severe enough, the foot can hurt in different places even without the constriction of shoes because it then becomes a mechanical function problem of the forefoot. 

Solutions:

  • If caused by overpronation, stability or motion control shoe/insert
  • Education on proper non-running footwear choices and pre-accommodation for a bunion
  • Calluses may be trimmed
  • Icing may help bursitis and pain symptoms

Tools:

  • Our FIT Process
  • Superfeet Inserts

Got a nagging injury? Next FREE Injury Screening: This Thursday, Feb 23, 5 - 7PM Call (920) 830-7867 to schedule a 15-minute assessment.

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