Chiropody and Physiotherapy Treatment for Bunions in Toronto

chiropody physiotherapy treatment for bunions in downtown toronto

Chiropody and Physiotherapy Treatment for Bunions in Toronto

Chiropody and Physiotherapy Treatment for Bunions in Toronto

What Are Bunions?

A Bunion is an enlargement of the bone or tissue at the joint of the big toe. Bunions form when pressure is applied to side of the big toe which forces it to press against other toes. The angling of the big toe causes the joint to become swollen and tender. Depending on the extent of pressure applied to the big toe indicates if the toe will go inwards or potentially be pushed under or over the other toes.

Causes of Bunions:

A common cause of bunions is wearing tight narrow shoes, more specifically pointy shoes. Tight shoes put pressure on the joint of the big toe and when worn with bunions, they tend to make them worse. High heels can also be a factor in causing bunions. Heels force the big toe into the front of the shoes, which can then put pressure on the other toes, allowing a bunion to form. Bunions may also develop due to a genetic or structural defect that can be present at birth. Medical conditions, such as arthritis, may contribute to the formation of bunions because the pain changes the way a person walks and this can possibly put pressure on the big toe.

Signs and Symptoms of Bunions:chiropody physiotherapy treatment for bunions in downtown toronto

  • A bump on the outer side base of the big toe
  • Swelling, tenderness and/or redness around the joint at the base of the big toe
  • Poor movement of the big toe
  • Irritation of the skin around the big toe
  • Difficulty finding shoes that fit properly due to the size of the bunion

Treatment of Bunions:

Bunions can be treated conservatively by changing the shoes you wear so you do not make the bunions worse. Finding proper fitting shoes is important in addressing the symptoms of bunions.

Custom Orthotics insoles that are inserted in shoes can help re-align the foot and direct pressure away from the bunion.  At Ace Physio our Registered Chiropodist will assess your foot, and perform a 3D laser scan to ensure an accurate and comfortable Orthotic insole.

Physiotherapy is often used to correct the bunion through manual therapy of the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the foot, which is used to take the pressure off of the big toe.

Shockwave therapy is also used to treat bunions by breaking apart the scar tissue around the joint. The shockwave head is placed on the skin and transmits acoustic sound waves into the joint, which is useful in the healing and treatment of pain associated with bunions. Surgery is often a last resort treatment only that is used when the pain is severe enough or correcting the deformity is necessary.

For more information on bunion treatments or to book an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists please contact Ace Physio at 416 900 6653

About the Author

Brad SaltzBrad is a Registered Physiotherapist at Ace Physio, a highly respected Physiotherapy clinic in downtown Toronto. Ace Physio provides high quality one on one Physiotherapy that combined state-of-art technology such as; Shockwave Therapy, Laser Therapy, and Spinal Decompression with traditional Physiotherapy.View all posts by Brad Saltz