Hello fellow bunion people!
While science has determined a certain percentage of us have bunions due to genetic factors, I (Carol) have a strong suspicion my life of pounding-the-pavement activity (running, dance, living/walking in NYC, etcetera) have contributed greatly to the current state of my feet. I don’t want surgery if I can avoid it and even my beloved doctor, aka Mr. Common Sense, recommended I work on stretching the tendon out by massaging it myself on a regular basis, and not resort to surgery.
I came across Bunion Booties last spring when my big toes ached from being trapped all winter-long in shoes and boots- and only “orthopedically-inclined” Keens and Le Canadiennes, mind you. Amazon testimonies had a consensus of positive reviews with people saying it seemed their tendons were stretching with consistent use, so I bought a pair to try them out (they’re not cheap). I’d occasionally wear in them in the house (not exactly attractive to wear with summer sandals), planning to test them with consistent wear this past winter. Now I can attest that they definitely work! I have worn them under tights and socks every day for the past few months with the addition of a gel toe separator found at Walgreen’s. I’m finding they are doing what they are designed to do: slooooowly stretch out the tendons that are arcing the big toe in the undesirable direction. A little massage when you’re in the warm water of a bath or jacuzzi, or when applying a warming oil (something with Vitamin E and/or almond oil) helps too, to break up adhesions and just the old habit. Don’t expect a miracle: if it took a long time to get that way, it’ll probably take awhile for the change to happen. A diet rich in anti-oxidants to reduce inflammation at the joint couldn’t hurt, either.
So- whether you’re a wanna-be athlete like me, a bona fide athlete, or somewhere in between and your feet have taken a hit from all your great activity, here’s a message telling you all is not lost and you can change the trajectory on this one, hopefully before it goes to far, so you can continue to get out there and do what you love.
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