Best Insoles for Bunions to Reduce Pain and Progression

Bunions, a painful and slow-developing foot deformity, can be helped with the use of orthotics. Orthotic insoles can reduce the pressure and load on the bunion, primarily located in the 1st metatarsal, with inbuilt clinically proven design features such as a rearfoot wedge, plantar fascial groove and a 1st cut away. The aim of these design features is to reduce pronation and assist supination. As pronation and supination are the two primary movements of the foot, controlling these movements helps to relieve pain and slow down the progression of the bunion. Interpod MODEL P PAIN Orthotic is the best orthotic to help relieve bunion pain.

Model P

For Pain

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Model C

For Comfort

Cushioned Support
Roomy shoes and boots

Model SF

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Light Support
Tight fitting shoes

Understanding Bunion Formation

Hallux Abducto Valgus, the medical term for bunions, is caused by a deviation and twist of the big toe from its straight position. Bunions develop due to various factors, such as heredity influences, a short or long 1st metatarsal, and pronation which increases the load and pressure placed on the big toe. When the foot rolls inward the big toe can be forced under the second toe, depending on your individual biomechanics causing a bunion to develop. Bunion progression can be increased with the use of tight-fitting high heel shoes and repetitive high impact activities.

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Relieving Bunion Pain with Orthotics

Bunions can cause discomfort and pain, but the use of orthotic insoles can alleviate the symptoms. Wearing comfortable, flat-soled shoes, such as runners, can also help. Avoiding high heel shoes is recommended. Rest, massage, and soaking the feet in hot or cold water can also relieve pain. Since pronation increases the pressure on the big toe, the use of orthotics such as the MODEL P PAIN orthotic can reduce pronation and assist supination and provide an effective way to reduce pain and the progression of the bunion deformity. Surgery is also an option but should be used as the last option when all other conservative methods have been tried.

Key to Bunion Prevention – Orthotic Inserts for Shoes

The development of bunions is influenced by genetics and can take several decades to appear. To prevent and reduce the pain caused by bunions, using the best orthotics for bunions and wearing comfortable, flat-soled shoes are recommended. Orthotics for bunions should be designed to support the foot and prevent it from pronating and putting pressure on the big toe, ultimately helping it to supinate. The use of orthotics with the correct design features is crucial in the prevention of bunion progression.

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What are bunions?
The medical term for a bunion is called Hallux Abducto Valgus. It describes the shape of deformed big toe. It is when the inside forefoot bone (1st Metatarsal) deviates inward (adducted) and the big toe (hallux) deviates outwardly (abducted). The cause of bunions is largely genetic, however the condition can be accelerated by doing excess weight bearing activities such as running, wearing high heel shoes – and activities that put added weight and load on the big toe. Often the 1st metatarsal is too short or long which if the foot pronates excessively can lead to a bunion deformity. The best insoles for bunions decrease strain on the foot.
How can insoles assist with bunions?

The best insoles and orthotics for bunions need to take load or weight from the big toe. This is done by reducing pronation (prevents the foot rolling inward and ‘bending’ the big toe). Orthotics for bunions also need to help the foot to supinate during each step. The orthotics for bunions therefore must reduce pronation and assist supination to decrease the loads put onto the big toe causing it to skew inward.

What are considered the best insoles for bunions?

The best insoles for bunions decrease pain, are comfortable and fit into your preferred shoes. To decrease pain the orthotic needs to take the strain from the bunion by reducing pronation and also helping with supination.. To achieve this the insoles need to have medically proven design features such as a rearfoot wedge, sufficient arch height, plantar fascial groove, 1st cutaway and a cuboid notch. Comfortable orthotics for bunions are firm to provide support and flexible to move with the foot. To fit into most footwear the orthotic needs to be made of a slim material, low in bulk, lightweight without a bulky arch profile.