Are orthotics helpful for treating bunion deformities?

We get asked this question quite often during any given day. Most people have some limited motion of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ), which causes compression of the joint when the toe attempts to move. The compensation for patients to partially mitigate this compression force is by pushing the first metatarsal medially, which may cause a bunion in some people. The functional control of a total contact orthotic allows patients with bunions to postiviely respond by restoring motion of the MTPJ during gait. The orthotics also allows the first MTPJ reduce the compression forces associated with a failure of the joint to move.

If you believe that you may require an orthotic before surgical management of your bunion, call the doctors at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists at 512-328-8900.

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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