What are bunions and how can I prevent in getting them?

By: Tom Lemke - Cped MC, Cped C, Jul 11, 2018
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The Foot Lab, Foot care in Edmonton, Alberta. orthopedic shoes

How can I protect my feet?

I have a bunion, my mother has a bunion and her mother had a bunion....good news, you can do things to keep them at bay and from getting really painful.

A bunion is not a growth, a bunion is the metatarsal phalangeal joint (the one at the base of the big toe) opening up on the Medial side as the distal end of the Metatarsal bone and the proximal end of the big toe move toward the mid-line of the body.

Bunions are by far and away caused by heredity. To keep a bunion from getting worse one can use a night splint that pulls the big toe back into line keeping it straight as you sleep, manually moving the big toe joint with your hand as much as possible when one is sitting, watching TV, having a coffee, etc. and wearing foot orthotics, shoes that are not too tight, shoes with adequate support and staying active.

Tom Lemke has been making custom footwear for Canadians for over 30 years.

Tom became a Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman in 1996, and a few years later in 2003 he started his own orthopedic, orthotic and pedorthic practice: The Foot Lab. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, The Foot Lab serves clients from Grande Prairie to Nova Scotia and beyond.  Check out our website http://www.footlab.ca/ 

Our Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman will create custom-made shoes, inserts, insoles and/or footwear modification to help you:

  • improve your walking posture, putting less stress on your body;
  • relieve foot, leg, or back pain from walking and standing;
  • walk more naturally with differently-sized legs or a partial or full amputation; and
  • relieve pain and improve balance problems caused by chronic health issues like diabetes or cerebral palsy.