Bunions are the most common foot ailment affecting millions of people worldwide. Beat the Bunion Blues by educating yourself about Bunion Prevention, Bunion Treatment, Bunion Surgery and Bunion Splints. Beat Bunion Blues was made to help educate and inform bunion sufferers about prevention, causes, and the expert medical treatment only today’s podiatrists can provide due to their specialized education, training, and experience. Check out latest Bunion News, Bunion Advice and the APMA "Beat Bunion Blues" homepage.
What can you do to prevent bunions? Prevention is only possible if the bunion is diagnosed early and conservative treatment (with a functional orthotic device) is started before a major deformity occurs. Since bunion deformities are progressive (they get worse as time goes on) early control of the deforming forces is crucial. It is important to treat your bunions as soon as they are detected because once there is a significant distortion of the joints, costly surgical treatment is required. Control early bunions (with minimal deformity) with functional orthotic devices that improve stability, reduce abnormal compensations and eliminate joint pain.
The Degrees of Bunion Severity will determine what type of bunion treatment is right for you. People suffering from Mild to Moderate bunions are encouraged to use a podiatrist recommended bunion splint such as the Bunion Aid® Bunion Treatment Splint. The Bunion Aid® Bunion Treatment Splint is also recommended for those who need post bunion surgery toe stabilization. For those suffering from a Severe Bunion, a Mid-Foot Brace that supports the arch is recommended. The Bunion Aid® Medial Mid-Foot Arch Support Brace is a proven solution for those with Severe Bunions who do not require surgery.
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Bunion Surgery is only meant for the most extreme cases. For people with extreme hallux valgus and bunions surgery can be their only option. For people with moderate to severe bunions however, bunion surgery is usually not worth the cost, pain, time from work and strong chance that the surgery will not be a total success.
Most bunion surgeries are performed under local anesthesia, at a hospital or out-patient surgical center. An anesthesiologist sedates the patient so that he sleeps lightly during the surgery. Before the surgery, questions about your procedure and recovery period will be presented to you in detail. All questions you may have will be answered to your satisfaction by your doctor. The actual surgery involves dissecting the foot through a process that requires months of healing and rehabilitation.
What are bunion splints? The basic design of a bunion splint has a “holder” for the big toe, extended in a longitudinal direction connected to another “binding” around the mid-foot, resulting in a corrective force of the big toe. The most successful splints address the underlying foot function by providing proper support to the midfoot’s two arches (longitudinal and transverse) while pulling the big toe away from the 2nd toe, gently stretching the tendon and toe muscles. Many moderate to severe bunions can be effectively treated with orthotic bunion splints such as the Bunion Aid Treatment Splint or the Bunion Aid Medial Mid-Foot Brace.
- In general, bunion splints fall into two categories:
- 1. Rigid splints, most often, are considered night time splints because the materials are either not flexible and/or cannot bear weight. Custom-molded rigid splints are made of thermoplastic that is molded to the medial aspect of the foot and great toe. Ready-made braces are unmolded straight splints made of plastic or metal against which the foot and great toe are attached.
- 2. Flexible or soft splints are made of fabric material that surrounds the forefoot and great toe. Correction is by way of a strap that is attached to the brace by hook & loop fasteners or by the bias cut of the material that pulls the big toe into the corrected position. Flexible splints are most often considered day splints because of the ability to walk in them