What is bunions?
- Jul 18, 2018 -

What is bunions?


Many people suffer from bunions, and some to the point that surgery is deemed necessary to fix the problem. But the truth is that surgery on bunions should be a last resort option. The reality is that surgery doesn’t solve the real issue behind the cause of bunions. If the cause is not corrected, the problem may persist and return even after surgery.


A bunion is an inflamed first toe joint usually with an abnormal bone growth that forms on the side of the big toe, or sometimes on the top of the big toe joint. These growths are usually caused by structural imbalances of the foot that are inherited. These imbalances can be made worse by shoes, injuries, arthritis and activities done without proper support of the foot.


This imbalance causes strain on the foot, collapsing the natural arch and pulling the big toe unnaturally out of proper alignment. Ultimately the body decides that it needs more support on the inside of the foot. The result? A bunion. In short, your body is trying to grow a sixth toe to provide more balance. Needless to say, this isn’t natural, and the result of this abnormal growth causes many problems. Most of them painful.


Bunions cause a lot of pain, and even in the early stages can create structural imbalances in the knees, hips and low back as the body tries to adjust to the problems the foot is having.

For many people, the pain caused by their bunions leads them to foot surgery in hopes of removing the bunion and reliving the pain. Surgery helps, but it still doesn’t solve the true problem of foot imbalance.