The Simple and Staggering Answer to Bunion Pain

You are more than likely reading this because you have a bunion (or two), and they are causing you pain. Unfortunately, this is a common problem that most are told only surgery can fix. Although surgery can straighten out your toes, your bunion WILL come back. How are we so sure? Well, it’s because surgery doesn’t fix the root cause of a bunion, it only addresses the symptoms of the main culprit. So, without eliminating the root cause, your bunion and pain will return.

Now you might have been told that bunions are hereditary, but that is just not the case. Studies have proven this claim (more on this later). Let’s start from the beginning. Nearly all babies are born with perfect feet, not with bunions (deformities do happen, but are rare). This means something must happen between birth and the bunion. We would venture to say that nearly every person in the world would agree that bunions don’t magically appear one day and that we don’t go deforming our toes on our own, or do we?

Back to the hereditary argument. It has been proven that some people, because of their genetic makeup, have a muscular structure that is more likely to be altered; others are born with foot muscles that better withstand the effects of the outside world. No matter who you are, your feet are affected by outside influences. If you don’t protect your feet from those influences, you will end up with some sort of bunion – it is just a matter of how quickly.

Bunion pain is serious, and as you know can be very limiting; even daily walking can be a struggle. To combat the pain, you do research for the “best” footwear around. Herein lies the root cause of your bunion problem…your shoes. There’s so much we can talk about when it comes to footwear, and will in later posts, but it’s the years of wearing a shoe with a pointed shape that’s causing the bunion and the pain associated with it. We know this may seem impossible, but take a close look at your foot, then your shoe and then your foot and shoe. You will see that your foot is slowly being molded into a shape that accommodates your shoe.

Where to go from here? First, know that you can get better, but keep in mind that your bunion is the result of years in bad footwear. This means it’s also going to take some time to slowly retrain your toe muscles back to their natural position. This has been proven to work many times over. It’s going to require time, so stay patient. With the right balance of proper footwear (i.e. shoes that are flat, flexible, and widest at the tips of the toes), bunion stretches, soft tissue exercises, and the use of Correct Toes (especially while being active), you will be able to cure painful bunions. In addition, these measures can help prevent you from having other foot and ankle problems in the future.

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6 thoughts on “The Simple and Staggering Answer to Bunion Pain”

  1. I have large bunions, but thanks to a wide athletic shoe (new balance), I don’t have bunion pain. But I do have pain in the sole of my foot roughly at the base of second toe (next to big toe) on my left foot. No longer running long distances, I now take long walks (regularly (about 5-6 miles) with a backpack loaded with books (for research at a university library).

    I have orthotics and also wear the common toe separator (between big and second toe) one finds in most drug stores or online.

    So, can your “correct toes” help me to get rid of the pain? Am I wearing the right footwear?

    1. Dr. Katz,

      Thank you for your inquiry. We sincerely believe that Correct Toes can help with your pain. However, depending on the type of New Balance footwear you are wearing, we are not sure if you are receiving true toe splay. The New Balance Minimus is one of the few New Balance shoes that offer a wide toe box that is widest at the tips of the toes. Once you have a wide toe box it allows your toes to properly spread, increasing blow flow and comfort. Also, The Correct Toes would align all your toes, not just the big to the natural shape we are meant to have. You can also consider, “transitional,” shoes such as Altra’s which offer a thicker sole, for your long walks. Let us know if you have any further questions and keep in mind we do offer a 30 day guarantee if you find Correct Toes are not for you.

  2. I am sorry but you are NOT correct. You are promoting the myth that the only cause of bunions is wearing the wrong shoes. I have NEVER worn high heals or pointy shoes. I have always worn the type of shoes recommended to avoid bunions. My father, who certainly never wore high heels, also had bunions. I have had scans done and discovered my patella on my knee is not positioned properly, causing me to walk in a way that causes the bunions. Bunions are almost always caused by body dynamics such as mine. Wearing the wrong shoes can make the bunions worse but they are not the cause. Please stop promoting such inaccurate information.

    1. Hi Kate,

      Thank you for your comment! We do believe that footwear is a major contributor to many foot ailments, including bunions. Unfortunately, most conventional footwear (high heel or not) posses the same qualities: a tapered toe box, heel elevation and a stiff sole. We’ve seen that wearing footwear like this over time changes the anatomy of our feet. As a result of our feet being held in an unnatural position, our body dynamics are affected too. Of course every person has different physiology, which can make some people more susceptible than others to foot ailments such as bunions.

    2. I absolutely agree!!!….because of my foot dynamic…not the shoes i have worn…i have a bunion that was just waiting to happen…the bunion is nothing I have done wrong:((

  3. Thanks for your advice to do foot stretches to help prevent bunions from returning. I like what you said about how most people want a treatment that ensures that the bunions could be prevented from coming back. My husband is looking into foot care with these intentions and we are considering looking into a doctor that can provide that guarantee.

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