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American Podiatric Medical Association: 51% of Americans are Limited by Activity Due to Foot Pain

09 Jul

DID YOU KNOW?…More than HALF of Americans Are Limited Because of Foot Pain?
According to a poll taken by the American Podiatric Medical Association in March of 2014, 51% of Americans say foot pain limits their  activities; walking, working, and/or working out.  That’s not the only astonishing fact; 8 out of 10 Americans have experienced a foot problem that has impacted their quality of life!

APMA 2014 Poll Conducted by Edge Research.

APMA 2014 Poll Conducted by Edge Research.

Other interesting findings from the survey include;

  1. High heels are the #1 culprit of foot pain….sorry ladies!  p.s. We also found out that the average woman polled owns 9 pairs of high heels!
  2. There is a strong correlation between foot pain and problems in other areas of the body including weight, back, and joint pain.
  3. 57% and 52% of those Americans polled respectively experience regular pain while walking and standing for long periods!
  4. 29% Polled use over-the-counter insoles and 10% use doctor prescribed orthotics to manage the pain.
  5. 47% Want to know where to seek help for foot pain/ailments that they experience (only 1/2 of those with regular foot pain actually contact a podiatrist or doctor)
  6. Self-Medicating has increased in practice (up 10%) since the last poll was conducted in 2010 (no surprise after reading # 5 above!)

 

What would it take for you to see a doctor for foot pain?

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Bunion Bootie Grows in Popularity with Pedorthists

24 Jun

Feedback from healthcare professionals indicates Bunion Bootie improves foot biomechanics

Recent feedback from the practice of Kimberly Rau & Associates, Inc. confirms Bunion Bootie addresses the deformity, may prevent further progression, and is an effective tool to relieve pain and discomfort due to bunions.

Kimberly Rau & Associates, Inc. is a group of Canadian Certified Pedorthists who have been providing lower limb assessments and advice, custom foot orthotics and footwear education and modifications in the Kitchener Waterloo area of Ontario, Canada since 1986.

Hallux valgus, or bunions, result from dysfunction or deformity of a part of the foot called the first ray, consisting of the first metatarsal and first cuneiform bones. Foot structure plays a major role in the prevalence of these conditions, and treatment typically focuses on improving and adjusting joint position and biomechanics. Unlike hard bunion splints, toe spacers, and bunion pads, Bunion Booties can be worn comfortably and with ease in almost any shoe, stays in place and provides all day relief from the rubbing and irritation caused by bunions.

Kim Rau, pedorthist, states, “A significant percentage of our clients present with foot dysfunction that results in deviation of the big toe. We are extremely impressed with the Bunion Bootie as it actually addresses the biomechanics of the problem. We have found them extremely effective as they are comfortable, easy to apply, very low profile and versatile. Our clients report improved comfort immediately and provide feedback such as, “Feels secure”, “I can push off through my big toe”, “I feel more stable”, “My toe hurts less immediately.”

Kimberly Rau & Associates, Inc. determined that, utilized on its own or in combination with other therapies and/or custom foot orthotics, Bunion Bootie can facilitate re-alignment of the foot and first ray function. Findings of the use of the Bunion Bootie with their clients include:

  • Bunion Bootie provides a low profile that fits in any shoe
  • Bunion Bootie was easy for patients to apply
  • Bunion Bootie is extremely comfortable and does not compress the first MTP joint
  • Bunion Bootie addresses both the longitudinal and transverse arch issues, where first ray dysfunction and deformity originate
  • Bunion Bootie supports the joint and encompasses the foot, providing a potential proprioceptive benefit.

 

Bunion Bootie, established in 2011 by a small group of bunion sufferers who came together in search for an effective non-surgical treatment for bunions, is the perfect answer for people who must stay on their feet for prolonged periods.  Bunion irritation, if left untreated, can result in blisters, swelling, tenderness, and bursitis. At only 0.4mm thick, Bunion Booties fit comfortable in almost any shoe (including high heels and running shoes), and is made with odor and bacteria resistant materials.

Please visit their website https://www.BunionBootie.com for full details. Discounts are available for purchases of more than one (1) Bunion Bootie and can be found on the website. For more information, contact Bunion Bootie through the company’s website, BunionBootie.com, or by emailing at CustomerService(at)BunionBootie(dot)com.  If you are interested in offering Bunion Booties in your medical office, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required

 

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Bunion Bootie, the Best in Non-surgical Bunion Treatment, Announces Lower Shipping & Handling Charges

09 Jun

Bunion Bootie is proud to announce that new economies of scale allows them to lower their shipping and handling fees, passing savings onto its customers.

 

Bunion Bootie, the best in non-surgical bunion treatment, is now offering significantly reduced flat rate shipping and handling fees for their international customers; no promo code is needed. Effective May 15th 2014, the new shipping and handling rate for all non-US orders is $9.95 USD, a nearly 25% savings off the prior rate.  

Bunion Bootie temporarily corrects misaligned toes and its ultra thin properties allow for protection against rubbing footwear to bring pain relief to those suffering from bunions. These new shipping rates apply to both the Original and New Bunion Bootie and are in addition to the automatic discounts that are applied when buying more than one Original Bunion Bootie from the website. The more Bunion Booties purchased, the more money is saved.

Bunion Bootie also offers promotions to their Facebook fans and even better promotions to their VIP customers; those that have purchased from Bunion Bootie more than once.

Bunion Bootie was established in 2011 by a small group of bunion sufferers who came together in search for an effective, non-surgical treatment for bunions, a solution that they felt did not exist previously. Bunion Bootie is the perfect answer for those people who must stay on their feet for prolonged periods including office workers, shift workers, and athletes. Bunion Bootie fits in any shoe easily and comfortably and provides all day relief from the rubbing and irritation caused by bunions. Bunion irritation, if left untreated, can result in blisters, swelling, tenderness, and bursitis. At only 0.4mm thick, Bunion Booties fit comfortably in almost any shoe (including high heels and running shoes), and are made with odor and bacteria resistant materials.

Please visit their website https://www.BunionBootie.com for full details. Discounts are available for purchases of more than one (1) Original Bunion Bootie and those can be found on the website. For more information, contact Bunion Bootie through the company’s website, BunionBootie.com, or by emailing at CustomerService(at)BunionBootie(dot)com.

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Introducing…The Newly Designed Bunion Bootie!

02 May

Bunion Bootie strives to deliver nothing short of the best in both bunion relief and customer service.

Bunion Bootie’s dedication to customer satisfaction became evident when they recently introduced their newly designed Bunion Bootie.  Bunion Bootie a soft flexible bunion splint that helps to protect, relieve pain, and also gently separates the toes to relieve tension that often builds up in the big toe joint.  It was the feedback from their loyal customer base that lead to the development and now, the highly anticipated release of the new design, which no longer entails a hole at the end of the toe hood.

This change might not suit everyone, but for some Bunion Bootie customers, it was their only suggestion for improvement on the design.  Depending on their big toe size and shape, some customers felt that their big toe was begging to escape by way of the toe hole, placed at the end of the toe hood by the recommendation of the many professionals that worked on the design, to prevent air bubbles from forming.

So far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive!  “So many of our customers have expressed their gratitude and excitement over this design change, and really, they have themselves to thank for this change.” said a Bunion Bootie spokesman.  “This design modification was the result of the many interactions we’ve had with customers either by phone, email, or the survey responses, so we couldn’t be happier to meet their request.”

Bunion Bootie is now inviting the public to purchase the NEW Bunion Bootie but quantities are limited so hurry and get your NEW Bunion Bootie today!  Click HERE to order!

Terms and Conditions do apply, review the Frequently Asked Questions before purchasing.

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Yoga Moves That Can Strengthen Feet, Lessen Bunion Pain

21 Apr

Most of us would certainly prefer natural methods to manage our bunion pain before resorting to the dreaded, painful, and often lengthy recovery of bunion surgery.  But what are our options?  Besides packing up our 4″ stilettos and the obvious pain relievers, many of us have incorporated any or all of the following into our lifestyle;

  • Tweaking our diet to promote a less inflammatory environment,
  • Over the counter bunion splints that can help to reduce and often prevent further discomfort,
  • Rubbing essential oils on our tender bumps,
  • Kicking up our feet and just relaxing for a few days (right….who really has this option?!)

Another option that might be considered is yoga.  Any yoga from Bikram to Prenatal can offer poses that work to stretch and strengthen the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the feet and toes.  When you do this it can help take some of the load off an already improperly loading foot.

Great poses to try or look up on YouTube if you don’t plan on actually attending a class;

  • Tadasana or Mountain Pose – This is great for alignment and a very basic move for beginners.  Instructions, compliments of Yoga Journal, demonstrate these poses very well.Bunion for Bunions
  • Downward Facing Dog – Stretch and spread those toes as you push your heels down.
  • Garland Pose – Allows you to stretch your entire foot to balance your weight as you squat down.
  • Tree Pose – This pose varies a bit depending on the style of yoga but you can benefit from any version.  Traditional yoga instructions are here.  Bikram Tree Pose can be found here.
  • Utkatasana (Awkward or Chair Pose, depending on the type of yoga) but involve the same concept as shown here.

Yoga provides benefits that run from the inside, out.  It has also proven to be an excellent way to prevent, slow the growth of, and even stunting the progress of bunions.  If you wanted to read further, we’ll leave you with one more fantastic article that outlines 9 total poses along with stretching and massage techniques to relieve bunion pain and symptoms.

Best of luck, namaste! :)

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Treating Bunions in Children: Is Surgery Necessary?

18 Mar

Your little guy or gal starts complaining that his or her foot has an “ouchie.”  After looking at their foot, you see something that looks like a bunion.  Is it possible?  Do kids get bunions?

Children actually can get bunions, formed from a structural malalignment of the big toe joint.   Children with flat feet also tend to have a high occurrence of bunions, as do girls.  For adults, a bunion is the result of extra bone overgrowth, but bunions for children are different.  Genetically predisposed structural problems can be the cause of a juvenile bunion, making a parent initially jump to conclusions that surgery must be the only answer.

 Kids can get bunions too

If surgery is unavoidable, most surgeons suggest waiting until skeletal maturity in children which happens after age 15-17.  Operating on juvenile bunions is different than adult bunion surgery, as the growth plate in the foot is an important consideration.  Dr. Neal Blitz, a well-published physician on bunion surgery, states in a recent article that non-operative measures should be initiated as soon as possible.  Fortunately, simple changes can manage the symptoms of a juvenile bunion and quite possibly eliminate the problem.

Because children are still growing and their bones are still malleable, try these tips before resorting to surgery:

If the Shoe Fits

Kids grow so quickly that tight-fitting shoes can go unnoticed.  Changing your child’s footwear to a less aggravating and/or more supportive shoe can help alleviate pain and limit the progression of bunions.

Try a New Activity             

Though your little ballerina looks adorable in her tutu, a new activity that does not stress her feet in the same way may be a simple solution.

Pad and Protect                 

The medical community has made excellent advances in the non-surgical treatment of bunions with foot orthotics.  Toe spacers and splints can help re-align the foot and allow for proper weight distribution.  Because children are sensitive to cumbersome splints and orthotics, Bunion Bootie is a possible option for them.  With a reputation for comfort, this splint may be better tolerated by children and help avoid surgical correction but parents should always discuss these options with their child’s doctor before starting any treatment option.

Bunions can be painful and interrupt a child’s activities, but conservative treatment is always the best first option.  If those methods don’t work, consult a podiatrist for expert advice.

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Dr. Oz Warns Against Bunion Surgery

10 Feb

Are you contemplating bunion surgery?  Before you go under the knife, listen to what Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD had to say when he talked with guest, “People’s Court” Judge Marilyn Milian.

When Dr. Oz asked about her recent bunion surgery, Milian admitted that she was, “screaming in excruciating pain,” shown wearing a cast on her right foot.  Dr. Oz warned his audience that surgery often causes more problems than the bunions themselves, and it shouldn’t be performed for cosmetic reasons.  Dr. Oz went on to explain that the reason bunion surgery is painful is because your toe bones often must be broken, shaved down and then repaired with an inserted metal pin.  Ouch!

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What causes bunions?  

Are you at risk for developing bunions? Do you;

    • Wear high heels with a narrow or pointed toe?

 

    • Have a family history of bunions?

 

    • Have arthritis?

 

Surgery recovery often takes six to eight weeks, and Milian confirmed that surgery, “is very, very, very, very painful and it’s a slow recovery.”  All hope is not lost, however.  Alternatives to surgery include avoiding high and constricting heels, using your toe muscles by doing toe exercises like gripping objects with toes, and wearing bunion pads or splints like the Bunion Bootie, a revolutionary splint for the treatment of bunions.  Since there are rarely medical reasons to proceed with bunion surgery, if you can extinguish your bunion pain using other non-surgical methods, then surgery can typically be avoided.

Dr. Oz quoted the statistic that over 50 percent of women will be affected by disfiguring bunions.  If you are hoping to fit back into those heels again with bunion surgery, think again!  Feet don’t like heels.  They just don’t! Avoid heels, choose a happier shoe and pamper your feet with the Bunion Bootie. Easy for anyone to use, Bunion Bootie can ease the pain associated with bunions,  supports the toe joint, and fits in almost any shoe, at only 0.4mm thick.

Unless your doctor tells you that there is no other choice, Dr. Oz suggests avoiding bunion surgery. We do, too!

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Pre-Existing Conditions (Including Bunions) Are A Thing of the Past With The Affordable Care Act

21 Jan

Not long ago, bunions could be used as a reason to be dropped from health insurance.  At the least, they could be exempt from coverage in your plan, considered a pre-existing condition.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, also known as ACA or Obamacare, bunions can no longer be considered an “Uninsurable Condition.” Effective January 1, 2014, bunions can no longer be a reason to be denied coverage, dropped from coverage or as an exception from health care coverage.

Affordable Care Act Bunions

In addition to repeat surgeries or doctor visits for your pre-existing bunions, bunion sufferers may elect to try alternative treatments such as the Bunion Bootie, a revolutionary splint for the treatment of bunions.

Recent feedback from the Tammy, a medical professional and teacher confirms Bunion Bootie is an effective tool to relieve symptoms due to bunions, and has a successful design that may reduce deformity and/or prevent progression;  “I teach and I tell students about the Bunion Bootie.  My classes are made up of nurses and PSWs interested in Foot Care. I think this is fantastic for them to know about, as some of their patients will have Hallux Valguses.  It is very comfortable to wear.  I felt a small bit of tension [initially] but it was not unbearable.  Now I wear day and night.”

Hallux valgus, the official name of bunions, results from dysfunction or deformity of a part of the foot called the first ray, consisting of the first metatarsal and first cuneiform bones. Foot structure plays a major role in the prevalence of these conditions, and treatment typically focuses on improving and adjusting joint position and biomechanics.  Obamacare has now made treating bunions more accessible with the removal of a bias to pre-existing conditions. Instead of surgery, treating bunions with Bunion Bootie may be the answer.  Unlike hard bunion splints, toe spacers, and bunion pads, Bunion Booties can be worn comfortably and with ease in almost any shoe, stays in place and provides all day relief from the rubbing and irritation caused by bunions.

Other medical professionals have determined that, utilized on its own or in combination with other therapies and/or custom foot orthotics, Bunion Bootie can facilitate re-alignment of the foot and first ray function. Findings of the use of the Bunion Bootie with their clients include:

  • Bunion Bootie provides a low profile that fits in any shoe
  • Bunion Bootie was easy for patients to apply
  • Bunion Bootie is extremely comfortable and does not compress the first MTP joint
  • Bunion Bootie addresses both the longitudinal and transverse arch issues, where first ray dysfunction and deformity originate
  • Bunion Bootie supports the joint and encompasses the foot, providing a potential proprioceptive benefit.

 

Practicing pedorthists that stock Bunion Booties in their clinics have also reported positive feedback from their clients; “A significant percentage of our clients have a foot dysfunction that results in deviation of the big toe.  We are extremely impressed with the Bunion Bootie as it actually addresses the biomechanics of the problem.  We have found them extremely effective as they are comfortable, easy to apply, very low profile and versatile.  Our clients report improved comfort immediately and provide feedback such as, “Feels secure”, “ I can push off through my big toe”, “I feel more stable”, “My toe hurts less immediately.”

Bunion Bootie, established in 2011 by a small group of bunion sufferers who came together in search for an effective non-surgical treatment for bunions, is the perfect answer for people who must stay on their feet for prolonged periods. Office professionals, shift workers, athletes and users worldwide have discovered Bunion Bootie. Bunion irritation, if left untreated, can result in blisters, swelling, tenderness, and bursitis. At only 0.4mm thick, Bunion Booties fit comfortable in almost any shoe (including high heels and running shoes), and is made with odor and bacteria resistant materials.

The Affordable Care Act has made treatment of pre-existing bunions a much easier task.  Talk with your doctor about using the alternative treatment method of a Bunion Bootie, and discuss the possibility of billing your insurance company for its purchase.  Please visit their website at https://www.BunionBootie.com for full details on the product, or email email hidden; JavaScript is required. Discounts are available for purchases of more than one (1) Bunion Bootie and can be found on the website.

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How Do Bunions Effect Stability and Gait As We Age?

01 Oct

There are few things that go undisputed in the medical world but two concepts which have been widely accepted are; 1. bunions (hallux valgus) are a progressive condition that typically gets worse (not better) with age, and 2. the probability of the elderly falling, and the concern of illness, injury, and mortality associated with those falls also increases with age.

So, how do bunions effect the gait and stability of otherwise healthy adults?  According to the research from 9 studies and 589 participants published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, hallux valgus (HV) patients often demonstrated reduced ankle and rearfoot motion while standing, as well as difference in muscle activity surrounding the ankle.  These same studies revealed that those suffering from bunions also experienced reduced walking speed, step length, and less stable gait patterns during walking.   These findings support the belief that bunions significantly impact a persons quality of life as well as put the elderly at a higher risk for falls due to instability.

Enlargement of the Metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ, or big toe joint) can often result in excessive foot pronation, muscle imbalance around the MTPJ, and a change in the way the body weight is transfered during the later stage of the gait.

“Findings of this systematic review indicate that individuals with HV differ to healthy controls on particular gait parameters. Reduced ankle dorsiflexion and less rear foot supination during terminal stance have been observed in individuals with HV. Early onset of intrinsic muscle activity at heel strike may occur in those with HV compared to controls. Patterns of altered loading under the hallux and medial metatarsal heads are apparent, although studies report inconsistent findings. Older individuals with moderate to severe HV may exhibit slower, less stable gait patterns with a shorter stride length, especially when walking on irregular surfaces.”

Restricted, or compromised ankle movement referred to in this study may also contribute to HV development due to increased forefoot loading.  This restriction may also result in externally rotating the foot to compensate, subsequently increasing the forces on the big toe.

The primary findings from this study show that those with bunions (HV) experienced a reduction of muscle activity at heel strike earlier than those without HV, and that conservative interventions that target foot function during gait could be quite beneficial.  Retraining muscle activation patterns are relevant and performing stretches focused on the ankle may improve stability while standing.  Clinical trials will be needed to confirm any findings.

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Is My Foot Pain a Result of a Bunion or Arthritis?

17 Sep

We hear the same question over and over, maybe the most often; “Is what I have a bunion, or arthritis?”  We hope this article can provide some information but to get the proper diagnoses, we recommend that you pay a visit to your podiatrist.

Arthritis in the big toe joint, a condition that at the onset is called Hallux Limitus, typically affects women the most, sometimes showing signs as early as in their 30′s.  Hallux Limitis, as with bunions, can result in an enlarged big toe joint and believe it or not, can be hereditary due to structural abnormalities in the foot.  As the arthritis progresses, stiffness and a decrease in the range of motion in the joint may become more limiting and pain can increase, leading to what is then called Hallux Rigidus and as a bonus, can also mean the development of bone spurs.

All this sounds very familiar and much like the discomfort most bunion sufferers experience, so what’s the difference?Bunion Joint

Here are a few indications that the pain you are feeling is the result of arthritis and not a bunion;

  • The bump is not only on the inside of the foot at the big toe joint, but also on top of the joint.
  • Swelling and pain occurs mostly after exercise or increased activity (due to pushing off of the big toe joint at the end of a gait cycle), making walking and certainly running more painful.
  • Inability to move the big toe joint up and down without pain.

Unlike with bunions, contributors to Hallux Limitus may include flat feet, Morton’s toe (when your second toe is longer than the big toe), acute trauma to the big toe such as a fracture, or repeat trauma to the big toe.

Treatment of Hallux Limitus however, is similar to that of bunions and are listed below, starting with most conservative and ending with the dreaded surgery option.

  • Stretching of the big toe
  • Anti-Inflammatory drugs
  • Sleeves that can protect the inflamed area from rubbing against your footwear
  • Modified shoes
  • Orthotics
  • Surgery

A physical exam by your podiatrist and an X-ray of your foot will confirm the diagnoses and help determine the best path of treatment.

 

 

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