Some people have a foot that “over-pronates,” or rolls inward, too much as they walk. When your foot over-pronates, the joint of your big toe is pushed into the ground. This over-pronation prevents the big toe joint from bending naturally, up to 75 degrees, when you take a step. Over time, if this natural flexing or bending of the big toe is not allowed, deformity of the toe, a bunion, can develop, leading to chronic pain and almost constant discomfort.
The doctors at the Foot & Ankle Center of Washington, Dr. Douglas S. Hale and Dr. Lawrence Z. Huppin, are highly skilled, experience foot and ankle physicians with the knowledge and training to diagnose over-pronation, and provide treatment and relief of bunions.
The most effective treatment for bunions is to prevent them in the first place. If you are looking for help on how to prevent bunions, here are a few tips…
- Stable, supportive shoes – are critical to the prevention of over-pronation. This includes wearing the proper shoes for your foot-type and your activities, as well as possible shoe modifications.
- Over the counter orthotics – or arch supports, may help to prevent bunions. Increased arch support will provide better weight distribution, and will help reduce your tendency to over-pronate while walking. We have found that the most effective OTC orthotic is the Powerstep Medical Grade Orthotic.
- Custom orthotics therapy – by far the most effective, conservative treatment for bunions, and bunion prevention. These custom made and personally fitted orthotics will conform to the arch of your foot, providing superior support and stability, while preventing over-pronation.
Doctors Huppin and Hale are nationally recognized expert in the use of custom, total contact orthotics for the conservative treatment of a variety of foot conditions, including how to prevent bunions and over-pronation. In fact, Dr. Huppin is a professor of orthotics and biomechanics at two prestigious podiatry colleges.
If you are looking for relief from big toe pain, bunions, and possible over-pronation of your feet, make an appointment to see us in our Seattle office as soon as possible and, as always, please bring at least one pair of shoes with you for a complete evaluation.