A bunion is when the big toe travels laterally toward the rest of the toes.
The purpose of this post is to help clarify one simple idea. The big toe is a ‘reactive’ joint. Meaning the big toe is responding to the stimulus that is being placed upon it.
If we approach the problem of a bunion knowing that it is not the fault of the big toe, then any intervention addressing the big toe without pursuing ‘why’ becomes limited in its efficacy.
Understanding how the foot works becomes paramount in addressing this problem. Knowing that the rear foot and the mid foot function creates a healthy or harmful environment for the big toe is necessary to sleuth out the ‘villain’.
Searching GOOGLE for ‘bunion surgery’ I was surprised to see a Physician reviewed article stating “Wearing shoes that are too small or too narrow in the toe area is the most common cause of bunions.” I wholeheartedly believe that this statement is not true and dangerous in not pursuing a true cause for this condition.
I have seen many surgical corrections or ‘bunionectomy’ procedures that guess what… begin to develop another bunion! I would implore you to seek out a movement professional who understands biomechanics and the foot in order to help solve the real reason why the big toe is being bullied.