Home Treatments for Bunions and Big Toe Joint Pain with Seattle Podiatrist Larry Huppin
Hi, in this tutorial I want to talk about selftreatmentof bunion and big toe joint pain. But before we get into the selftreatment, let me goover a couple of things with you. So real quick, here is what a bunion lookslike, the big toe is moving over to the little toes or smaller toes, you have this bump righthere and here is a condition called Hallux rigidus or arthritis of the big toe joint,start to see actually wearing away of the cartilage. So what I want to say before I get startedon this is that this is probably something that should be treated professionally. Wecan do a lot more than you can trying to selftreat
this at preventing future problems like thisand really protecting that big toe joint. But if you're having pain and you do needto treat it yourself, that's what I'm going to talk about right now. Very quickly, when we look at what happenswhen we bend our big toe joint or when we walk is the joint bends, usually about 60or 80 degrees. People that get bunions or big toe joint pain, they get that pain becausethat toe is not bending fully enough. It usually ends up getting jammed and that often occurssimply because the foot is rolling in too much and the pressure from the ground hereprevents that big toe from bending. So when
we look at trying to treat that problem andget rid of that pain, the primary thing we want to do is stop that foot from rollingin so much. Let me show it to you from the rear. You want to stop that heel from rollingin so that we're not putting that extra pressure on the big toe joint, so several things youcan do: Number 1, make sure your shoes are stable,and I don't care whether you're wearing a big ugly athletic shoe like this or whetheryou're wearing a dress shoe. You want a firm heel, should not twist very much. Number 2, you want a really good arch supportin there. Here's one of my very favorite over
the counter arch supports. It has a reallypretty high arch. It's quite stable, it's not going to collapse underneath the foot.If you go to our website and click on quot;SelfCarequot; tab and then click on quot;Bunionsquot; or quot;Big toejoint painquot; you'll find the list of the best over the counter supports for this, alongwith some other treatments that you can do. Number 3, don't go barefoot at all. Be wearingsomething with arch support all the time. Either a good shoe with a good arch supportor this brand of flipflop or sandal, they come in slippers also, there's a company calledVionic. Great, great arch support. It will also help transfer some pressure off of thatbunion joint. Even if you're wearing women's
dress shoes, we have listed on there someover the counter devices that are very small. This is actually a custom orthotic, but thereare similar over the counter ones. They won't work as well, but they will get some stressoff of that big toe joint and make you feel better. So those are some basic ideas on what youcan do to get rid of that pain. Again, go to the website, click on quot;Selfcarequot;, clickon quot;Bunionsquot; or quot;Big toe jointquot; and you'll find a list of things that you can do. Butif there's any pain left at all or you want to do everything you can to prevent futuredamage to that joint and avoid arthritis like
this in the joint, then make an appointmentto see us or see another podiatrist that specializes in biomechanics and orthotic therapy.
What Causes Pain in the Big Toe Joint With Seattle Podiatrist Larry Huppin
Hi there. So today, I just want to go overa few minutes on the most common cause of pain in the big toe joint. So that's thisjoint right here. Standardly, when we walk, as we go forward, the big toe joint will bendlike that, usually somewhere around 60 to 90 degrees, and we come off the ground. Now, some people, when they walk, they rollin this way too much. And as they roll in, the ground, you can see, pushes up under thatbig toe joint. When that occurs, that pressure from the ground causes a jamming in that bigtoe joint. So, as you go forward, you can't get that full range of motion. And if youcan't get that full range of motion, all that
force that was going to moving the foot likethis, starts going to jamming these two bones together. And you can get a huge amount ofcompression in that joint, leading to pain in that joint. That condition is called hallux limitus. Halluxmeans big toe; limitus simply means a limited range of motion. Now, over time, hallux limituscan lead to so much compression in the joint that it causes arthritis, or in some feet,all that force ends up going like this and it causes a bunion deformity. And you canfind much more information on both arthritis of the big toe joint and bunions on our website.Today I just want to go over a little bit
about the main cause of the pain in that joint. Now, often, the pain will occur before there'sany damage to the joint. So, anybody who does have pain in the big toe joint should tryand treat it right away. I'd recommend seeing a podiatrist who specializes in orthoticsand biomechanics, and let them take a look at that joint. If you want to try and treatthis yourself, what you want to do is, try and stop this foot from rolling inwards somuch. You can do that a couple ways. You can usea good stable shoe that's firm on the heel and doesn't twist so much, so it helps preventthe foot from rolling inward. You can use
a highquality, over the counter arch supportinside your shoe. This also prevents that foot from going inward and takes the forceoff of that joint, allowing better motion as you walk forward. You can find a selectionof what we think are the best over the counter orthotics for this problem on our website. Just do a search for quot;over the counter orthoticsfor bunionsquot; or quot;over the counter orthotics for big toe joint pain.quot; And then finally,if that's not enough, you can get a custom orthotic. This one will conform closer tothe arch of the foot, so it does a better job of freeing up the motion in that joint.Now, these are pretty big orthotics. You can
also get small ones that fit into dress shoes. Again, basically if you have pain in the bigtoe joint, you really should get that treated. That's a sign that there's damage occurringto the joint. Again, go see a podiatrist who specializes in this. In the short term, though,treat it by getting into a more stable shoe and using a decent arch support in your shoes.And again, if you go to our website, you can find information on all of that.