How can a physical or massage therapist help a patient with a bunion?
Deep friction massage techniques by a physical or massage therapist can be helpful to increase circulation, reduce inflammation, and prevent soft tissue build up.
A bunion is locally contraindicated for massage. Factors in the formation of bunion formation are pressure and rubbing of the joint, massage would likely aggravate the condition. In the acute stage: ice, reduction in inflammation and swelling by lymphatic drainage may be indicated. For the client, it is most critical to reduce the pressure on the joint by changes in their footwear; the condition has been eliminated by improvement of the fit, style (no high…
A bunion is an unnatural, bony hump that forms at the base of the big toe where it attaches to the foot. Often, the big toe deviates toward the other toes. When this occurs, the base of the big toe pushes outward on the first metatarsal bone -- which is the bone directly behind the big toe -- forming a bunion.