What Is A Bunion?
Bunions (“Hallux Valgus” in medical terms) can easily be identified visually as a “bump” on the side of the big toe
A common misconception is that a bunion is simply a “bump” that can be “shaved off.” But, bunions are more than a bump; they are a complex 3D problem.
A bunion can be seen as a bump at the base of your big toe. And, whereas that is the visual evidence of a bunion, the actual root cause of the bunion can be found higher up in your mid-foot; an unstable joint.
Most bunionectomy procedures address the cosmetic bump only, by “shaving the bump.” While shaving addresses the symptom, the root cause (the unstable foundation) will remain. The unstable joint in the middle of the foot is actually what has allowed the bone to drift out of alignment — causing the bump.
In reality, bunions are complex 3D deformities caused by an unstable joint which allows your bone to lean, elevate, and rotate out of alignment.
Bunions Are More Than a Bump
Bunions Are a 3D Problem
The unstable joint (foundation) allows the metatarsal to lean sideways.
The metatarsal can elevate, transferring excessive pressure on other toes and ball of the foot.
The metatarsal can rotate, causing abnormal wear, just like a car tire out of alignment
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