18 Feb How can I shrink my bunions naturally?
HOW CAN I SHRINK MY BUNIONS NATURALLY?
One of the most common questions asked in the treatment of bunions is “Can I shrink my bunions naturally?”
For a long time, the belief has been that bunion surgery is the only effective method of removing a bunion. Despite this, bunion surgery is not the magic answer it appears to be. Bunion surgery can be expensive and is generally a painful procedure, with significant swelling and increased recovery time required. Recent research has also shown that surgical outcomes can be poor, with over 30% of bunion surgeries considered unsuccessful by patients.
Is there a way to reduce bunions naturally?
It is well proven that you can treat a bunion naturally, whether they ‘shrink’ in size depends on a couple of factors. Let’s dive into this and see if you can effectively shrink or reduce the size of your bunion.
What causes a bunion?
Bunion is a broad term that describes a number of different conditions that affect the 1st MTPJ or the big toe joint. The factors that determine whether you can reduce the size of the bunion depend upon how much of your bunion is made up of bony growth vs how much is made up of a deviation of the big toe.
In many cases the bump that is associated with a bunion is made up of a deviation of the big toe that pokes out, this then has a soft tissue swelling that adds to the ‘bump’ on the side of the toe. If your bunion is actually caused more by deviation and swelling than by a significant growth of bone, then there are very effective treatment methods that can be utilised without you having to consider surgery.
Foot Mobilisation Therapy
Foot mobilisation Therapy (FMT) is a hands-on treatment, that aims to straighten the deviation in the big toe through gentle and steady realignment therapy. This helps strengthen the big toe, the joint, and the muscles in and around that area of the foot.
FMT is especially effective because it not only acts to correct an existing bunion, but through strengthening the muscles in the foot, also addresses the underlying cause, preventing future bunion formation.
Benefits of foot mobilisation
- It’s a gentle approach, with significantly less pain or impact on day to day activity than bunion surgery.
- It creates long term changes that address the underlying cause of your bunion and prevent the chance of future bunions forming
- Unlike surgery or orthotics, FMT doesn’t require you to change your footwear or activities that you enjoy so it has far less limitation on your lifestyle
- FMT doesn’t require recovery time. The exercise and hands-on manipulation are completed over a series of sessions, with some quick at-home exercise to perform between sessions. Because the process is gentle and gradual, no recovery time is required between sessions
- FMT also works to straighten the joint of the big toe, correcting existing deviations and reducing the size of the bunion
- It improves the function of the foot that caused the bunion in the first place. Your core walking and running patterns change as your foot strengthens which has a positive effect long term.
What if the bunion is bone?
If the bump that makes up your bunion is bone then the only true way to remove that lump is via surgery. Despite is popularity as a suggested treatment option, a surgical approach shouldn’t be recommended until confirmation that the issue causing you bunion cannot be resolved with foot mobilisation and physical therapy.
Our Bunion Treatment Process
At Alternative Foot Solutions, Foot Mobilisation Therapy is our speciality and we have successfully treated thousands of patients, helping them avoid bunion surgery.
We offer an initial Bunion Assessment, where we run through a series of examination and evaluation to determine the cause and condition of your bunion and assess the best treatment options for bunion treatment or correction.
Your Bunion Assessment Includes:
- Initial consultation
- Biomechanical Examination
- Gait Analysis
- Foot Mobilisation Therapy Evaluation
- Diagnosis and Explanation of the underlying cause of your bunion
- A Personalised Treatment Plan
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