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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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No Wonder Why Our Feet Hurt, Women!

07 Aug

The DailyMail recently published a wonderful image that pretty much sums up 90% of the reasons women (specifically women, since they are the ones in heels) suffer from chronic, or sporadic foot pain.

It all starts higher up on the leg with knee pain, as our knees take on an astonishing 25% increase in joint pressure inside the knee while wearing high heels.  Then the pain makes its way down, manifesting itself in the form of tight calves due to the actual shortening and tightening of the muscles, built up from years of tight rope walking in stilettos.  Don’t even get me started with the ankle – we’ve all gone and twisted those two up pretty good coming off a curb or two over the years.  Fortunately, heels do allow room for the swelling that often occurs after straining an ankle, so I’d be hard pressed to say that a slightly sprained ankle ever stopped me on a Saturday night in my 20′s.

Moving along, some of us are lucky enough to experience Morton’s Neuroma when the tissue thickens between the 3rd and 4th toe eventually results in pain and typically some amount of numbness.  Now, all that numbness might come in handy if you are fortunate enough to have the bone structure that Aunt Milly passed on, resulting in bunions the size of Boston on both feet.  Better yet – hammertoes that start to resemble a claw and less like toes.  That’s when thing really get interesting because now we’re dealing with conditions of the feet that are no longer easy to treat, or reverse.

Overall, let’s not forget about the perfect posture and confidence that we think we’re exuding in 3″ heels, when in reality we’re just arching our spine in 3 or 4 unnatural places, forcing our butts out and for some amateurs – appearing as a drunken giraffe.  Or the overall daunting and dramatic pressure increase (up to 76% with the 3″ type!) that drills your entire body weight down onto the ball of your foot.  Ouch!

Now ladies, I ask you….Is there any wonder why our feet hurt?….

 Great image from DailyMail

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Bunion Bootie Launches New Teacher Discount Program

24 Jun

 Public and Private Educators Can Now Save 10% Every Day at BunionBootie.com

 

Bunion Bootie Teacher Discount

 

Eligible private and public K-12 teachers now qualify for a 10% savings on each and every order placed with Bunion Bootie. By employing the services of SheerID, a trusted partner that provides instant and accurate identity verification, Bunion Bootie can ensure that only eligible teachers can take advantage of this exclusive offer.

“Teachers play an integral role in our children’s success, and I’m thrilled to partner with Bunion Bootie to demonstrate our appreciation for the work that they do.” says Jake Weatherly, CEO of SheerID. “By using SheerID’s teacher verification platform, Bunion Bootie has made it secure and easy for teachers to verify their credentials and get the exclusive discount.” The service should be completely live and available for use on BunionBootie.com as early as June of this year. Home school teachers may also be verified through a secondary electronic verification process, within 20 minutes of submitting their qualifications.

As one Bunion Bootie customer said recently, “I am a teacher and am on my feet for much of the day. Before using the Bunion Bootie, I would sometimes limp because of the pain in my foot. My foot feels much better now and my gait is always normal. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I am very satisfied with my purchase.”

The 10% teacher discount will be available in conjunction with automatic discounts applied when purchasing more than one Bunion Bootie. Visit the Bunion Bootie Discounts Page for more details or contact email hidden; JavaScript is required.

About Bunion Bootie
Unlike hard bunion splints, toe spacers, and bunion pads, Bunion Booties can be worn comfortably and easy in almost any shoe and stays in place all day long. 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. Bunion Bootie is the perfect answer for people who must stay on their feet for prolonged periods including office workers, shift workers, teachers, 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 comfortable in almost any shoe (including high heels and running shoes), and is made with odor and bacteria resistant materials. Discounts are available when purchasing multiple Bunion Booties. Please visit https://www.BunionBootie.com for full details.

About SheerID
SheerID is the creator of verification technology used to transform existing, protected private data into a service that benefits commercial enterprises and the public, while still keeping the information safe and secure. For more information on SheerID’s verification solutions, call 855-SheerID to speak directly to a representative, email info@sheerid(dot)com, or visit http://www.sheerid.com.

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If You Are A Runner With A Bunion….

27 May

If you were cursed with the bunion, but want to still keep running, there is still hope!

Did you know that by just lacing your shoes differently, you can give your blessed bump a wee bit more room, and hopefully run longer and more comfortably?  Here are two quick examples of lace techniques to try before your next run.

(Also, remember that when you buy your running shoes you want to make sure there isn’t stitching over your bunion.  Mesh is more comfortable and forgiving.)

1. PROBLEM: Wide Forefoot AND a Bunion

As if the wide foot didn’t already create a challenge for you, now you have a bunion joining the party.  For those of you with this challenge, try this; From the bottom of the eye row, lace up the sides of the shoe. Once you get to the middle of the shoe (midfoot), start the cross-lacing technique and continue on to the top of the shoe. Tie shoe at the top, as usual. This will give your foot plenty of room to spread or allow your toes to splay while running.

 

 

2.  PROBLEM:  Narrow Feet With A Bunion

People with narrow feet know that they typically have to pull those laces all the way until the holes for the laces nearly overlap.  For those of you in this category,  you can still lace your shoe as needed but just omit the first hole on the inside of your shoe where your bunion is.  This along with the mesh material should be more comfortable than the alternative.

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Now runners –

Get out there and keep running!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bunion Bootie Now Offers Military Discounts!

30 Apr

Bunion Bootie is loved and adored by both new and loyal customers alike, including members of the military. As a response to the overwhelming interest in Bunion Booties by active and non active members of the military, Bunion Bootie is proud to soon introduce their Military Discount Program!

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Bunion Bootie in Military

Bunion Bootie welcomes the opportunity to serve those who have so bravely served our country. “We’ve heard from many men and women serving in the Armed Forces who’ve told us that because they wear military boots for long stretches of time, they’ve developed bunions,” explains a representative of Bunion Bootie. “Bunion Booties can help relieve their foot pain and discomfort.”

As a response to overwhelming interest in Bunion Booties by active duty military and other members of the military community, Bunion Bootie is introducing an exclusive Military Discount Program, protected by SheerID. Eligible active duty service men and women, veterans, retirees, and military spouses qualify for a 10% savings on each and every order placed with Bunion Bootie. By employing the services of SheerID, a trusted partner that provides instant and accurate identity verification, Bunion Bootie can ensure that only eligible military personnel can take advantage of this exclusive offer.

“We’re excited to partner with Bunion Bootie to directly address the needs of the military community,” says Jake Weatherly, CEO of SheerID. “Our technology allows Bunion Bootie to give their military customers a secure, easy verification experience.” The service should be completely live and available for use on BunionBootie.com as early as May of this year.

The 10% military discount will be available in conjunction with automatic discounts applied when purchasing more than one Bunion Bootie. Visit the Bunion Bootie Discounts Page for more details or contact CustomerService (at)BunionBootie (dot) com.

About Bunion Bootie
Unlike hard bunion splints, toe spacers, and bunion pads, Bunion Booties can be worn comfortably and easy in almost any shoe and stays in place all day long. 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. Bunion Bootie is the perfect answer for people who must stay on their feet for prolonged periods including office workers, shift workers, members of the Armed Forces, 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 comfortable in almost any shoe (including high heels and running shoes), and is made with odor and bacteria resistant materials. Discounts are available when purchasing multiple Bunion Booties. Please visit https://www.BunionBootie.com for full details.

About SheerID
SheerID is the creator of verification technology used to transform existing, protected private data into a service that benefits commercial enterprises and the public, while still keeping the information safe and secure. For more information on SheerID’s verification solutions, call 855-SheerID to speak directly to a representative, email info(at)sheerid(dot)com, or visit http://www.sheerid.com.

 

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How Does Poor Posture Impact Your Bunions?

12 Mar

Mothers begin promoting proper posture at a very early age.  “Stand up straight!” would often accompany a quick poke in the back.   Now in my 30′s I wish someone would do that to me as I type at my desk all day long.  I used to think I had good posture but as I type this (and likely as soon as you read the word “posture”) I sit up straight and realize that there is much to be desired in the posture department.

So what does posture have to do with my bunions you ask?  Well, the answer depends on who you talk to….

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Pete Egoscue has been successfully helping people relieve all sorts of pain since the early 70′s and according to one friend of his (and notable golfer), Jack Nicklaus, “Pete Egoscue totally changed [his] life.”   Since establishing 25+ clinics, including a few in Japan and Mexico, Pete Egoscue has been teaching a therapy method that relieves chronic pain for the young, the old, the athlete, the non-athlete, the famous, and the infamous. This unique method is based on the body’s functional design – or posture. Therefore, to put it simply, Pete Egoscue is a “Posture Therapist.”

By achieving muscular balance and re-incorporating muscles that might have for the most part, gone dormant due to non-use over the course of many years, Egoscue believes that by doing a few simple exercises (some of which require no moving at all surprisingly) you may slowly begin to awaken these unused or underutilized muscle groups, and your body will start to re-learn the proper way of moving.  Many people have sought out the help of Pete Egoscue and his crew for a variety of ailments including but not limited to; headaches, carpal-tunnel syndrome, sciatica, knee and ankle pain, and last but certainly not least….even bunions!

Having read his book myself “Pain Free:  A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain” I can certainly see the value right away.  He teaches you how to slowly re-engage muscles such as your hip flexors (have you even heard of those before?) and you learn that the hips can actually be a strong contributing factor to bunion development.  By “skating” on the inner edges of your feet you are actually creating pressure unnecessarily.  The body protects that area by creating more bone there.

To add to his theory, WebMD states, “Bunions may be caused by foot mechanics that result in too much pressure on the big toe joint. An abnormal foot motion called excessive pronation…. may contribute to the pressure. Over time, the constant pressure forces the big toe out of alignment, gradually bending it toward the other toes.”

According to Carol Gamboa’s article called “The Truth About Bunions” who is also AET certified by the Egoscue University, it’s not uncommon to find that if someone has a bunion on only their right foot, that they actually stand with up to 65% of their body weight shifted right of their natural center.  After beginning a daily routine under her guidance, Carol’s clients begin to balance  weight evenly between the left and right side and their bunion stopped hurting!  Without fixing the root cause of the issue, even surgery could prove to be ineffective to rid bunion pain permanently.

Now of course, if you have bunions on both feet a full and proper analysis of your bio-mechanics and joint position are in order.  Bones follow the muscles lead so the good news is, muscles can be trained to do new things or do old things even better.  The bad news is, if the muscles are not functioning properly, joints can be pulled out of position and result in any one of the following conditions; muscle strain, arthritis, tendonitis, joint degradation, and bunions.

 

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