Avoid bunion surgery with yoga

Yoga positions may slow progression of bunions

Bunions are a painful, unsightly condition for those who suffer from the red and calloused deformity. Because of this, many turn to bunion surgery, but the operation is not effective on everyone, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Luckily, there are a number of non-surgical options for people with bunions or hammer toe, such as yoga.

Livestrong.com reports that certain yoga postures may be effective in preventing or treating bunions or hammer toe. To obtain the best results, individuals should begin the exercises when the first signs of bunion appear.

Standing poses - such as warrior, tadasana, vrkasana and utkatasana - should be done with the toes spread and lightly gripping the yoga mat. This position opposes the tendency of the big toe to point inward when a bunion is present, which may help slow the deformity's progression.

The source also recommends wearing shoes with wide toes, as narrow-toed shoes may make bunions and hammer toe worse.

Bunion splints prevent bunions

Additionally, bunion and hammer toe sufferers may be able to prevent or correct bunions or hammer toe by using bunion splints or orthotics.

 

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