A paper presented at a recent podiatry conference measured the validity of orthotic treatment for bunions. Not surprisingly, the research found that orthotic therapy did nothing.
Now don’t get me wrong — I think orthotics are a great therapy for a number of issues, but it amazes me that podiatrists still use orthotics in the treatment of bunions when it is now pretty conclusive that they are accommodative, not corrective.
I think it’s completely dishonest that podiatrists allow people to think that orthotics will not only stop their bunions but will also correct them. One has to ask, is this in the best interest of the patient or simply an exercise to benefit cash flow?
Just last night I assessed a 14-year-old female who was prescribed orthotics to fix her bunion. Thankfully, her mum looked us up after 18 months when the bunion worsened and started to cause pain. I admit that while a patient is wearing an orthotic it will slow the development of a bunion, but who can wear an orthotic 24 hours a day 7 days a week?
To correct a bunion you need to correct the underlying cause. This is where foot mobilisation therapy (FMT) comes in. FMT changes the alignment of your joints by gently guiding them back into a corrected position. This is combined with specific exercises that reinforce the corrected position. The underlying cause is addressed so that the change is long term and the problem is solved permanently.
We are so convinced that we can fix your bunion that we are happy to give a free assessment to the first 10 people who respond to this blog.