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Posted on 10-20-2016

You have probably heard all about celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Amal Clooney having them, but "what are bunions?", "what causes bunions?" and "what are the treatments for bunions?". We will answer all of those questions and also discuss the unique methods of chiropractic care for bunions.

What are Bunions?

Bunions or Hallux abductovalgus (HAV) are a painful deformity of the first joint of the big toe. A bunion forms when pressure forces your big toe laterally toward the other toes. This displacement causes the joint to become inflamed and eventually form a bone spur that sticks out. The constant friction from wearing shoes causes the skin over the bunion to become red and painful. Though it is difficult to find statistics on the number of bunion sufferers, we know that the number of bunion surgeries performed yearly has doubled since 2001 from 150,000 to 300,000.

What Causes Bunions?

There is a saying "If the shoe fits wear it." But if you're like 90% of women in the US, the shoes you wear do not fit. A study by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society revealed that 9 out of 10 American women are wearing shoes at least a half size too small, daily. If you are like the majority of women this practice puts you at risk for painful bunions and other foot and toe deformities. Bunions also develop as a result of inherited defects, or medical conditions like arthritis.

What is the Treatment for Bunions?

Bunions are so often neglected, by the time a patient seeks help, the prescribed treatment is often surgery. Which is unfortunate given the high risk of serious and life-altering complications that can occur as the result of surgery. This trend may be changing, however, as practitioners and patients seek out less invasive and more appropriate alternatives that promise better outcomes with few risks.

How Chiropractic can Treat Bunions

To improve mechanical stability and redistribution of pressure, a Chiropractor can use manual procedures such as manipulation of the first metatarsal joint. Myofascial techniques are beneficial in lessening the pain caused by bone adhesions.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Lexington Chiropractic for an appointment today. With advanced chiropractic, you can avoid risky and painful surgery and experience relief today.

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