I Have a Foot Problem

Please select your foot problem:

I have a foot problem


Bunion (Hallux valgus)

PROBLEM

A bunion is a mal-alignment of the two bones that form the base joint of the big toe. Due to this mal-alignment, the big toe begins to angle inward towards the other toes, thrusting the base joint out further in the opposite direction. Risk factors include genetic predisposition, weak connective tissue, wearing tight narrow shoes and especially high heels. Bunions are more prevalent in women.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

Below are common signs and symptoms of bunions, which vary from person to person.

  • A protruding bump on the outside of your big toe
  • Pain
    • Persistent or sporadic
    • Dull, achy or sharp in or around the big toe
    • While walking or in narrow shoes
  • Restricted movement of your big toe
  • Inflammation, redness, swelling or soreness around your big toe joint
  • Corns, calluses and/or blisters
  • With time, more severe symptoms can occur, such as:
    • Arthritis of the big toe joint
    • Stress fractures
    • Problems walking

How to determine the Severity of your bunion: The Manchester Scale

The Manchester Scale is a noninvasive self-assessment tool for you use and evaluate the severity of your bunion on a scale of 1 (no bunion) to 4 (a severe bunion). Once you rate your bunion, you’ll be able to find the bunion treatment that works best for you.

1: No Bunion
2: Mild Bunion
3: Moderate Bunion
4: Severe Bunion
no bunion non-deformity
Mild to moderate bunion deformity
Moderate to Severe bunion deformity
Advanced bunion and hammer toe


Some Examples of Mild to Moderate Bunions

bunion non-deformity
Mild to moderate bunion deformity
Moderate bunion deformity
Advanced bunion and hammer toe
1st Degree
2nd Degree
3rd Degree
4th Degree

SOLUTION

  • Wear Bunion Aid®, a 3 in 1 bunion splint that provides pain relief, protection and correction through range of motion
  • Use protective pads or cushions to reduce friction of the swollen area
  • Temporarily relieve discomfort with toe spreaders by moving your toes away from each other
  • Protect your bunion with a soft splint, however, they do not provide corrective support through range of motion
  • Wear rigid night splints to help straighten your big toe, though these splints cannot be worn while walking and are not adjustable
Bunion Aid Treatment Splint

Return to top


Ball of foot pain (metatarsalgia)



PROBLEM

Did you know that when you push off your toes while walking, the joints in the ball of the foot carry three times your body weight?

When there is increased pressure on the ball of the foot, normal weight distribution is disrupted causing pain and inflammation. There are many causes of ball of the foot pain, including wearing high heels, high impact sports, excessive body weight (obesity), stress fractures, high arches and bone abnormalities of the feet.


Metatarsalgia

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • Sharp, shooting, dull, aching or burning pain in the ball of the foot
  • Pain that worsens while standing, walking, or running
  • Numbness or tingling in your toes

SOLUTION

  • Wear the Mid-foot Arch Support Brace with an adjustable dual strapping support system, which provides inward and upward support to your metatarsal arch
  • Place a teardrop-shaped metatarsal pad directly behind the ball of your foot to redistribute pressure
  • Use custom orthotics to provide appropriate arch support
Bunion Aid Mid Foot Arch Support Brace

Return to top


Stress Fracture

PROBLEM

Stress fractures are common among runners, dancers, military personnel, athletes and anyone who is constantly on their feet. Stress fractures are usually caused by ‘overuse’ or repetitive action on the bone. They are most common on weight bearing bones of the lower leg and foot.



SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Localized tenderness
  • Increased pain and swelling during activities
  • Decreased pain and swelling while resting

SOLUTION

  • Wear the mid-foot arch support brace with an adjustable dual strapping support system that provides inward and upward support to your metatarsal arch. The support brace should also include an adjustable teardrop shaped metatarsal pad that will help redistribute pressure throughout your toes
  • Place a teardrop-shaped metatarsal pad directly behind the ball of your foot to redistribute pressure
  • Use an orthotic support with a metatarsal pad, which redistributes the weight away from the stressed metatarsal
  • Rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Give yourself time to heal without engaging in repetitive high-impact exercises and weight bearing activities is required
Bunion Aid Mid Foot Arch Support Brace

Return to top


Hammertoe & Clawfoot


PROBLEM

A hammertoe is a permanently bent toe, usually one of the four smaller toes. Over time, hammertoe(s) become more bent due to prolonged squishing against tight, narrow or high-heeled shoes. Hammertoes can also be caused by bunions, which crowd the toes as well. Eventually, the muscles in the toe(s) won’t be able to straighten. Severe hammertoe will actually start to cross over the next toe. Claw foot occurs when the arch of the foot is extremely high and the toes bend downward, making the foot look like a claw.

Clawfoot Hammertoe


SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • A hammer or claw like appearance of the toe
  • Corns on the top of the toe
  • Callus on the sole of the foot
  • Pain and difficulty moving the toe
  • Over time, the toe stiffens and will no longer move
  • Painful to walking or wear shoes

SOLUTION

  • Wear the Bunion Aid® splint to align your big toe and create space between the first and second toes. The adjustable teardrop shaped metatarsal pad helps redistribute pressure throughout your toes
  • Use gel toe sleeves and hammertoe splint loops to help protect and relieve pain
  • Wear wide-fitting toe-boxed shoes to help avoid pressure on your toes
  • Avoid tight and narrow shoes that push your toes together and against the end of the shoe
Bunion Aid Treatment Splint

Return to top


Flat feet or fallen arches

An overstretched tendon that supports the arch of the foot or an untreated childhood flat foot condition can result in fallen arches or flat feet. While walking, fallen arches cause a person’s foot to roll inward (over- pronation). Over-pronation negatively effects the way you walk which in turn can lead to problems with your joints, balance, knees, hips and gait.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • Arch on the inside of the foot is flat
  • While standing for long periods of time or after sports, your feet ache or are tired
  • Painful and achy feet, especially in the arches and heels
  • Some people experience ankles, legs and/or back pain
Flatfoot

SOLUTION

Bunion Aid Hammertoe & Splayfoot Insoles

Wear custom or “off the shelf” orthotics insoles

Bunion Aid Mid-foot Arch Support Brace

Use the mid-foot arch support brace with an adjustable dual strapping support system that provides an inward and upward support to the metatarsal arch of the collapsed arch

Foot Exercise

Exercise your feet, as recommended by your medical professional


Return to top




Arthritis

PROBLEM

Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. It is a degenerative condition of the cartilage and generally occurs with age. When the mechanics of the foot have shifted in a way that places excessive stress on the joints, the cartilage that protects your joints starts to break down creating friction and inflammation. Foot arthritis is very painful because the feet support a person’s body weight. Common causes of foot arthritis are heredity, foot injuries and infection of the joints.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • Pain, swelling or tenderness
  • Stiffness or reduced motion
  • Redness and a feeling of heat in the feet
  • Difficulty walking
arthritis of the foot


SOLUTION

Bunion Aid Mid-foot Arch Support Brace

Wear a strong adjustable arch support brace that can control the flattening of the foot and reduce stress on arthritic joints.

Bunion Aid Hammertoe & Splayfoot Insoles

Use a firm insole with an arch support that helps brace the foot and decreases the workload on your joint.

Foot Exercise and Therapy

Take anti-inflammatory medication, exercise and physical therapy.

Wear proper fitting shoes

Wear proper fitting shoes.




Return to top


Hallux varus

PROBLEM

Hallux varus is a major complication from bunion surgery. Overcorrection causes the big toe to shift outward. Signs typically show up within the first week post-surgery. Other causes include trauma, injury and congenital deformity.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • The big toe points away from the second toe
  • Pain which is usually caused by friction of the big toe crowding against a shoe
Hallux varus


SOLUTION

  • Splint the toe immediately using the Bunion Aid® Post Surgical Splint to prevent further shifting, provide pain relief, protection and correction through range of motion.
  • Consult your medical profession. Potentially, you may need to have Hallux varus surgery to straighten the toe and then splint immediately to prevent further shifting.
Bunion Aid Post Surgery Splint



Return to top