Bunions are an enlargement of the big toe or hallux joint on the feet that is invariably associated with the deviation in the position of the big toe or hallux. They are very prevalent. The bunion may or may not be painful and it hardly ever looks good and frequently creates an issue for the fitting of footwear. They do have a tendency to be genetic and can be brought on by using shoes that happen to be too restricted. They are more prevalent in women and this could be as a result of the type of footwear. They may be painful inside the joint as a result of arthritis like symptoms and they also is often painful due to pressure from the shoe on the enlarged joint.
Might exercises help bunions? They might be able to, but they are not likely to really make the bony enlargement disappear but they may help improve the angle of the big toe or hallux somewhat. The only way to make the bunion go away is with surgery. No level of exercising is going to make that go away. The level of pressure creating the bunion and resulting in the big toe or hallux to deviate way surpasses what any exercise is going to reverse. However, having said that, the exercises which you generally see suggested are still probably worth carrying out as they will help keep your joint mobile as well as flexible which is a beneficial thing. That improvement in the range of motion of the joint can go a long way to helping pain that frequently occurs within the joint. The sort of bunion exercises which might be most useful are the ones which stretch and move the joints through its full range of motion in all directions. Often exercises that can strengthen the arch muscles of the foot may also be effective. Even when surgery is used, the exercises before and after the surgery will benefit the therapy.