Bunions — How A Chiropodist Can Help
- Do you have a visible bump at the base of your big toe?
- Do you have swelling, redness or soreness around your big toe joint?
- Do you have persistent pain in your big toe?
Bunions are enlargements of bone on the inside of the first toe joint. Contrary to what many people think, bunions are not caused by shoes.
Bunions are actually caused by an imbalance in the forces through the foot, but may certainly be aggravated or even accelerated by footwear choices.
They are a progressive deformity. You don’t just wake up one morning and it’s there. How fast it develops depends on the amount of excess foot motion a person is born with. The area of soft tissue over the joint may often become painful and red.
Controlling the excess foot motion can often take the pressure off the first toe joint and help to relieve the pain, but it will not change the size of the enlargement.
What can you do if you have a bunion? A custom orthotic can stop or slow down the progression of the deformity, but only surgery can remove the bone.
Bunion surgery can be a major undertaking when done correctly, however coupling surgery with an orthotic to correct the underlying pronation forces which led to the deformity can lead to excellent results.
Have questions about bunion surgery? Many people do, and the best thing to do is make an informed decision about treatment, options and outlook. But think wisely, often the pain of bunions can be adequately controlled or eliminated with orthotics, footwear and physical therapy.
At Custom Foot Clinic & Orthotic Centre, we provide non-surgical care of bunions to eliminate symptoms and halt or decrease the progression of the deformity.
We make effective orthotics and orthopedic footwear to rebalance diagonal directional forces, as well as use splints of different types to reshape the joints gently and employ physical or medication therapies to help with pain and inflammation.
I am a registered chiropodist and foot care specialist and have been helping patients for over 20 years.
Are you uncertain about whether you should choose a chiropodist vs. podiatrist? Chiropodists and podiatrists provide the same care. There are 600 registered chiropodists in Ontario and only 60 podiatrists. The College of Chiropodists of Ontario stopped using the name podiatrist in Ontario in 1993, over 26 years ago — but the name is still used in other provinces in Canada, also USA and UK.
Chiropodists today must complete 7 years of post-secondary education. We do complete case management of foot problems, assessing and treating the entire foot and its complications.
Chiropodist Trina Scarrow, BSc, DCh treating a patient with foot pain — for proper foot functioning and overall well-being.
I provide full biomechanical exams and gait analysis — I will be able to help address your foot discomfort by foot care treatment, custom orthotics and orthopaedic shoes, surgery, medication, laser or physical therapy.
Chiropodists and podiatrists are the only regulated health professions who have the ability to prescribe and provide custom orthotics as defined in the Regulated Health Profession Act of Ontario.
I want to help get your feet functioning better so you can feel better.