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Can stretching help with bunions?

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If yoga is an activity that interests you, there is no lack of places in the New Haven area to practice your form.  Some people find it a satisfying spiritual pursuit, but stretching can of course have physical benefits as well. You don’t need to buy a yoga mat to work some stretching into your day, and it might even help you with your bunions—to a point.

Once a bunion has started to form, there is nothing natural one can do to put it back in its place. Surgery is still the only real option for that. However, it is possible for stretching and exercise to help manage bunion pain and slow its progression. They can help maintain mobility, improve flexibility, and strengthen the muscles that control the toe.

Here are some suggested exercises to try:

Toe Stretches – Point the toes straight out for 5 seconds, then curl them for an additional 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times.

Resistance Exercise – Wrap a towel or belt around the big toe and gently pull it toward you. At the same time, push against the restraint with your big toe.

Pickup Game – Place about 20 marbles (or as many as you have) on the floor in front of you. Use your toes to grip the marbles, pick them up, and place them in a nearby bowl.

Morning and night are great times to perform such exercises daily, but find a time that works best for you so you can stick with it. There are many other ways that bunions can be managed with or without surgery, and the staff at Family Foot Care and Surgery can help you determine the best course for you. Give us a call today at (203) 876-7736 for our Milford office or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden office. 

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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