However, correcting the placement of the toe is actually a tiny part of the rehabilitation of a bunion. One of the most important factors is being able to identify and correct all of the contributing factors to ensure that your bunion does not get any worse. In some cases you can dramatically alter the appearance of the big toe and significantly decrease pain levels.
It is important to establish exactly why your bunion is occurring. This can not only help you treat the condition more effectively, but can also help you prevent the bunion from becoming worse. A bunion (Hallux Valgus) is an abnormal lump of bone that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe, which can become quite red and inflamed. Often the range of motion in the big toe becomes restricted and even working on demi pointé becomes difficult.
While most people think that the problem is the big toe drifting inwards, often the problem starts when the first metatarsal (the major foot bone that attaches to the big toe) starts to angle away from the foot. Overtime, under the continuing stress of this altered position of the joint and the irritation that this causes, the joint can become inflamed. As a result of this there is often an extra bony growth around the toe joint.
While no amount of conservative treatment can remove any bony growth, Some simple massage and taping techniques can help realign the foot and toe. This is very important before commencing any exercises aimed at strengthening the foot to ensure that the foot is being trained in optimal alignment.
For more information and videos on how to manage bunions, please check out our special "Bye Bye Bunions" Injury Report. This PDF has everything you need to know about preventing and managing bunions, and includes videos and taping techniques to help you out.
If you have purchased The Advanced Foot Control for Dancers program you will have access to this PDF for free in the members area.