Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How to Make A Bunion Go Away

What?  Make this big bony bump go away?  Really?  Is it really possible to reverse a bunion?

First, let's talk about what a bunion is.  According to the Mayo Clinic website a bunion is:

...a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. A bunion forms when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. The skin over the bunion might be red and sore.

There are a lot of reasons why you might have a bunion and, at this point, it probably doesn't really matter to you WHY you have it, you just want to get rid of it, right?

Well, not so fast.  While it's commonly thought that bunions are just hereditary and might be exaggerated because of tight shoes, that's really only part of the story.

Bunions seem to be a common family trait but not because of the genetic makeup of your foot.  It's the way your parents move (and their parents probably), and how you've patterned your own movement after theirs that's probably the main cause of your bunions.

So, while you may want to find some instant relief and hopefully a solution to this bony bump problem, it's won't help just to use a brace like this one:

or to even do the exercises I suggest  in this bunion post here (click).  You need to change the way you move, walk, stand and even sit to make sure that bugger doesn't return.

Can they really go away?  Yes.  But it'll take time, thought an effort.  Consider Wolff's law and see how it applies to bunions:
Wolff's law is a theory developed by the German anatomist and surgeon Julius Wolff (1836–1902) in the 19th century that states that bone in a healthy person or animal will adapt to the loads under which it is placed. If loading on a particular bone increases, the bone will remodel itself over time to become stronger to resist that sort of loading.

Watch for Katy Bowman's newest Alignment Snacks that are focused on the feet coming in the next few weeks (we'll let you know when she launches them).  Visit www.HealthyAlignmentCoach.com for the snacks!

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