Taking Charge of Your Health

hi thanks for joining me here i’m paula moore the chiropractor and i’m going to talk today about how to treat your own bunions naturally this is something of particular interest to me because i’ve been doing my own natural treatment on my bunion but you can see here my right foot i’m going to tell you a little bit about bunions but not a whole lot you can read more on my post (now that’s a little more of the theory but i want this to be more practical i will tell you that a bunion which by the way is latin for turnip which i thought it’s quite cool is simply this what you see here a bunion occurs between the hallux which is your big toe that one’s latin for enlargement so the big toe forms a joint there’s the joint line with a long bone in the foot known as the metatarsal we’ve got five of those but it’s this joint that we’re talking about with bunions so what happens for a number of reasons which I won’t go into you can read about that is that we get this kind of leaning inwards of the big toe known as hallux valgus i’ve got stumped there for a minute hallux valgus just think L for leaning that’s the medical term anyway and it’s that leaning that often causes this kind of swelling or protuberance here through the joint line now a bunion itself isn’t arthritis but certainly over time that leaning can cause a lot of strain on this joint and it can lead to arthritis now I have some of that now one of the ways you can tell is because the ability of this joint particularly the big toe to flex or to lift off in gait pushing off becomes very limited let me show you with my own toe so in a normal foot we should get sixty degrees at the toe lifting up into flexion if I show you using this which is called a goniometer this is just a cheap plastic model probably you can get it on eBay or something sixty degrees is about sixty degrees all the way up here so that’s how much toe flexion we should actually have a normal gait take a look at how much I actually have a lot less than that bring that down actually line that up I’m getting closer to about twenty degrees so I’ve already got something known as hallux limitus in other words my hallux joint is limited in how much movement it has and again lots of theories and why that is a lot of people with high arched feet or flat feet develop bunions often because it’s thought that we overpronate we roll in when we’re walking and that rolling in causes a leaning of this joint over time and then it develops this kind of bunion which can often be red and swollen and painful and you also often notice people develop callus in the areas that become weight-bearing over time so I’ve definitely got that going on this isn’t the worst one you’ll ever see this is probably only about a four out of ten and I seem to be able to control any pain or swelling in my own joint with some natural mobilization of the big toe so I’m going to show you what it is that I do to keep mine from getting worse now first of all good question a lot of you cynics out there might say oh there’s no to prove this prevents anything good point there isn’t any evidence in particular but lack of evidence does not mean proof that it doesn’t work so the way I see it is I’m much better off doing something proactive and for now it’s keeping my toe comfortable and it doesn’t appear to be getting any worse and certainly in the last decade it did but I haven’t noticed the degree or the angling changing and that’s something you could probably measure on your own so the first thing I do let’s see try to position this the right way so you can see it I just warm up my toe I get it moving now before you start asking can you do any damage probably not if you’re able to move this much you’re not likely to damage it

45 thoughts on “How To Treat Bunions (Part 1) – Home mobilization exercise

  1. Hello. That is a shame. Unfortunately some bunions are just too far gone to benefit from exercise. It may be advisable to see a health care practitioner for an examination of your bunion. Thanks for trying the exercise anyway.

  2. Splints never helped me and there is no much research to say they give any real long-term benefit. Talk to a podiatrist about it.

  3. Very helpful in so much that you confirmed what ive done off and on since i was a teen. Thats whats up. Thanks for the medical professional reassurance

  4. Dr Moore, Kudos to you for producing an easily understood and informative video. I am a podiatrist and have had, and perform, bunion surgery. Surgery is really the only the cure for a painful bunion. .

  5. Dr. Moore…HELP!!!! 30 years in combat boots ruined my right foot. I can barely walk…bunions top and bottom of foot.

  6. Hi, I think I just got bunions 🙁 on each big toe. I'll admit I've worn crappy tight shoes lately. Like flats, especially. I have pronated feet. I also notice my big toes leaning inward. Now I am at the stage where I feel a bump on each toe and i can even feel the bunion. But question – is numbness normal? perhaps it presses a nerve? each big toe in a small section on the surface is numb to the touch. thanks

  7. It is also painful at some times, and I am developing more blisters now. I'm currently studying in South Korea and also walking a lot – just 10 min walk up hills even to my classes – and also dont have the best shoes packed with me. should i go to the hospital?

  8. No, numbness is not 'normal' and you should be examined by a health care professional. Numbness may mean nerve involvement. Your doctor, podiatrist or chiropractor should be able to provide a diagnosis.

  9. Yes! This was the first vid I ever made and placement should ideally be at metatarsal joint and no I don't have 30 degrees (I wish) but if I mobilise the joint I do get up to that much for a period. Good observation and thank you for the comment.

  10. I was born with them and I need to go to Chicago to get a special surgery different than the normal one because they are so bad

  11. Very informative video. People are afraid of bunion surgery because of the pain. However, there is now a minimally invasive bunion removal procedure that is virtually painless, with quicker healing, and no scar bunion surgery

  12. Wasnt your device too far behind? Youre probably 40 degrees but since your device is far from the vertex then you got a 20? Dont you think?

  13. I heard bunion surgery is very painful. Like 9 1/2 out of 10 on the pain scale. Makes me not want to get mine treated :/

  14. I had bunion surgery done on both feet less than a year ago. The pain was horrendous, I was in crutches for 5 weeks and 4 months later the bunions came back, worse than before!! Now the pain is just terrible. I regret surgery because I still have really painful bunion again except now I have big scars, and I lost motion on my left toe and despite it all, no relief…

  15. So um, bunions are supposed to hurt?!?

    I've had two for like a year now and didn't even notice them until someone pointed it out xD

  16. I have a swelling at great toe of right leg. This was developed overnight and noticed the next day. Did it cause because of rise in uric acid level? I do not have any pain there but want to get rid of the swelling. Doctors say surgery is the only option but that I want to avoid. Kindly suggest some treatment,. Is microcurrent therapy useful? Pl guide. Thanks and Regards.

  17. You are using the goniometer incorrectly. The pivot point of the goniometer should be aligned with the joint between the metatarsal and the phalange (approximately there the bunion protrudes. By your positioning the pivot of the goniometer way off place you are misreading the angle your toe can move up.

  18. I don't know if this is to do with my bunions or not but sometimes perhaps every 2 months or so my little toe will start swelling and itching is it to do with it being pushed to the side to make room for my bunions or what?

  19. You are clueless… Should have figured with the "chiropractor" title… You would have to put the hinge of the goniometer at the knuckle to get a reading…. pfffft… had to stop watching at that point..

  20. I had painful metatarsalgia and early bunion formation. Podiatrist put me in arch supports. Wasn't getting better, so did the research, ditched the conventional shoes and arch supports. Got "correct toes"and minimalist Lems primal 2's. Now I go barefoot hiking on rocky trails every other day with much less pain from stepping on all sizes of rocks. Slowly built up to 45 minutes. I can't remember my arches ever this high and only after a couple months. Toes are nicel splayed out. You can heal yourself!

  21. Just followed this and I am now in serious pain for 1 and a half days, Maybe I have gout or something but thought I had bunions to be honest. Im also abroad and cant get to hospital, agony.

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