Hello Dr Splichal, can you tell me if bunions are reducible without surgery? I am starting to get bunions and do not want to have surgery. I am seeing some people saying yes and others saying no when I search this topic on the internet. Thank you!
Hello and thank you for your question. For the most part a true bunion is not correctable without surgery. If you have a slight abduction or angulation to the great toe then this can often be reduced with stretching the Adductor Hallucis muscle – however if you have a more severe bunion with a large medial prominence (this is a true bunion) then this cannot be corrected without surgery.
True bunions are not a great toe deformity but rather due to instability of the medial arch which means that to avoid bunions or stop the progression of your bunion you want to support or strengthen the medial arch of the foot. This can be done with supportive shoes, orthotics or foot strengthening exercises such as short foot.
I hope this helps!
Dr. Emily Splichal
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Dear Dr. Splichal
Can you advise where I can find the foot strengthening exercises you mentioned in your reply to strengthen the medial arch as I am already using supportive shoes to deal with my bunion problem.
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