Bunion Treatment in Guelph & Milton
A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe causing:
- A visible bump at the base of your big toe.
- Swelling, redness or soreness around your big toe joint.
- Persistent pain in your big toe.
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.
You don’t just wake up one morning and have a bunion, it is progressive. How fast it develops depends on the amount of excess foot motion a person is born with.
At Custom Foot Clinic & Orthotic Centre, we provide non-surgical care of bunions to eliminate symptoms, halt or decrease the progression of the deformity.
We make effective custom orthotics and recommend orthopaedic shoes 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.
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.
Trina Scarrow, BSc, DCh, is a Registered Chiropodist and Foot Specialist who has been helping patients for over 20 years.
Chiropodists and Podiatrists are the only regulated health professionals who specialize in treating conditions of the foot. In Ontario, there are 600 Registered Chiropodists and only 60 Podiatrists.
Chiropodists today must complete 7 years of post-secondary education before they get their professional designation. Chiropodists do complete case management of almost foot problems, including assessment, treatment and ongoing care.
Chiropodist Trina Scarrow, BSc, DCh treating a patient with foot pain, improving proper foot functioning and overall well-being.
I provide a full assessment, biomechanical exams and gait analysis. I will be able to help address your foot discomfort with a variety of techniques including foot care treatment, custom orthotics, orthopaedic shoes, medication, laser or physical therapy.
I can help get your feet functioning better so you can feel better. Contact me today.