Bunions are an enlargement of the great toe or hallux joint on the foot which is usually associated with a change in the position of the big toe. Bunions are very prevalent. The bunion may or may not be painful and it hardly ever appears good and in most cases presents a challenge for the fitting of shoes. They do tend to be inherited and could be the result of wearing footwear that happen to be too tight. They are more prevalent in females which could be as a result of the choice of shoes. They may be painful inside the joint resulting from arthritis like symptoms and they also might be painful due to pressure from the shoe on the enlarged joint.
Might exercises help bunions? They might be able to, however they are unlikely to help make the bony enlargement go away and they might help improve the angle of the big toe a little. The best way to make the bunion go away is with surgery. No level of exercising is will make that go down. The amount of force creating the bunion and causing the big toe or hallux to deviate way exceeds what any exercise is likely to reverse. Even so, having said that, the exercises that you frequently see suggested are still probably worth doing since they might help keep the joint mobile as well as flexible which is a beneficial thing. That improvement in the range of motion of the joint may go a long way to assisting pain that often occurs within the joint. The sort of bunion exercises that are most useful are those that 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 will also be helpful. Even if surgery is used, the exercises before and after the surgery will assist with the therapy.