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Custom Foot Clinic

& Orthotic Centre​​


Are your toes crooked? Do you have a lump sticking out from your foot? This can often be a bunion.

Bunions are enlargements of bone on the inside of the first toe joint. Contrary to what many people think, bunions are not caused by shoes. They are actually caused by an imbalance in the forces through the foot, but may certainly be aggravated or even accelerated by footwear choices.  They are a progressive deformity. You don't just wake up one morning and there it is. How fast it develops depends on the amount of excess foot motion a person is  born with. The area of soft tissue over the joint may often become painful and red.

Controlling the excess foot motion can often take pressure off the first toe joint and help to relieve the pain, but it will not change the size of the enlargement. An orthotic can stop or slow down the progression of the deformity, but only surgery can remove the bone. Bunion surgery can be a major undertaking when done correctly, however coupling surgery with an orthotic to correct the underlying pronation forces which led to the deformity can lead to excellent results.

Have questions about bunion surgery? Many people do and the best thing to do is make an informed decision about treatment, options and outlook. But think wisely, often the pain of bunions can be adequately controlled or eliminated entirely with orthotics, footwear and physical therapy.

At Custom Foot Clinic, we provide non-surgical care of bunions with the goal of eliminating symptoms, and halting or decreasing the progression of the deformity. We make effective use of orthotics as well as orthopaedic footwear to rebalance diagonal directional forces, as well as use splints of different types to gently reshape the joints, and employ physical or medication therapies to help with pain and inflammation.