Excess weight and foot pain may exacerbate one another
No matter what leads to what, a bunion splint leads to active lifestyle and less weight gain
Sometimes, an enlarged bunion can hinder a person's ability to walk or run and lead to excess weight gain. Other times, being overweight or obese can put too much pressure on the ball of the foot and lead to bunions.
It's a vicious cycle, but fortunately, there are ways to prevent or correct bunions without the need for bunion surgery that may also allow an individual to get in motion.
"No matter what leads to what, if you have a bunion, wearing and walking in a hinged bunion splint, such as Bunion Aid, will relieve bunion pain, correct the bunion, and support the fallen arches caused by over-pronation. And this will lead to a more active lifestyle and less weight gain," said Gaby Federal, President of Alpha Orthotics Corp.
An article published in Lower Extremity Review supported the idea that bunions can lead to weight gain, since presence of the condition has also been associated with a reduction in quality of life and physical activity.
Meanwhile, an American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society survey revealed that many people who develop bunions or foot pain experience weight gain before the onset of foot conditions.