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, known as Hallux (toe) Valgus (a term for outward angulation) is a bony bump that forms on the joint (the MTP joint) at the base of your big toe. The big toe joint becomes enlarged, forcing the toe to crowd against the other toes. This puts pressure on the big toe joint, pushing it outward beyond the normal profile of the foot, and resulting in pain. Bunions
can also occur on the joint of the little toe (bunionette or Tailor's bunion).
Bunions can occur for a number of reasons, but a common cause is wearing shoes that fit too tightly. They can also develop as a result of injury, inherited structural defects, stress on your foot or another medical condition.
Symptoms may include pain and soreness over the bump, redness from rubbing against the shoe, a burning sensation or possibly numbness. Other conditions which may appear with bunions include calluses on the big toe, sores between the toes, ingrown toenail, and restricted motion of the toe.
Symptoms often occur when wearing shoes with a tight or narrow toe box (the front of the shoe) or high heels. This may explain why women are more likely to have symptoms than men. In addition, spending long periods of time on your feet can aggravate the symptoms of bunions.
How a 3-Point Splint Can Help
The first step to relieve pain and lessen the progression of bunions is a change of foot wear. Choose shoes that have a wide toe box and flat or low heels. A pad or cushion over the bunion may relieve rubbing if the shoe is wide enough to accommodate the padding.
The 3pp Bunion-Aider is recommended for nighttime wear to hold the toe in proper alignment. The 3-point strap system helps to correct any up or down deviation as well as the valgus or outward deviation of the big toe.
The 3pp Bunion-Aider is lined in a non-slip, breathable foam that helps hold the splint in place and provides comfortable cushioning. The 3pp Bunion-Aider can easily be adjusted to tolerance.
Caution: The 3pp Bunion-Aider is not recommended for persons with diabetes or decreased circulation. Check with you health care provider to assist you in determining if a 3pp Bunion-Aider is appropriate for you.
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