If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." ~ John Bingham This universal law always aims to strengthen bone, even when the joints are balanced. This is why people with good posture and a balanced musculoskeletal system who maintain weight-bearing exercise , have stronger, denser bones. The opposite occurs in areas which have no mechanical stress acting upon them (astronauts in space,sedentary lifestyle). Some people are disappointed with their surgery results even though their joint looks and functions better. This is usually due to unrealistic expectations. You will still not be able to wear extremely high heeled shoes after surgery and it is unrealistic to think that your joint will be "perfect" or function like it never had a problem. With realistic expectation, most patients are happy with their bunion surgery. Exercise induced leg pain can have many causes, including exertional compartment syndrome, popliteal artery entrapment syndrome, medial tibial stress syndrome and stress fracture. In this article, I will briefly describe each condition and give recommendations on how to treat each one. There are many different treatments for bunions. Medications, such as ibuprofen will temporary relieve the pain and inflammation. Change in footwear is a more permanent treatment that will help the bunion go away. Commercial bunion pads, and bunion night splints can reduce the size of the bunion Bunions are generally formed because your foot has unique positioning that puts too much pressure on the joint on your big toe. If this goes on for long enough, the pressure will cause the toe to turn toward the rest of your toes. Sometimes the poor mechanics may be caused by your specific foot type or an abnormal way of using your foot. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, a bunion is an enlargement of the bone or tissue around the joint at the base of the big toe. The big toe may turn in to point toward the second toe, and in extreme cases, can even force it beneath the second toe. This can push the remaining toes out of place and cause even further discomfort. Bunions are most often caused by an inherited faulty mechanic structure of the foot. It is not the bunion itself that is inherited, but certain foot types that make a person prone to developing a bunion. ) You will be asked to sign a consent form that gives your permission to do the procedure. Read the form carefully and ask questions if something is not clear. In addition to a complete medical history, your doctor may perform a complete physical examination to ensure you are in good health before undergoing the procedure. You may undergo blood tests or other diagnostic tests. Notify your doctor if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you are taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, aspirin, or other medications that affect blood clotting. It may be necessary for you to stop these medications prior to the procedure. Today we are talking about a painful and often crippling condition that could affect more than half of you at some point in your life,” says Dr. Oz as he warns viewers that treating your bunions with bunion surgery may be a bad choice for you. “Many of you will turn to surgery, but will surgery cause more problems than the bunions themselves?” Bunions and hammer toes are progressive deformities. This means they get worse as time goes on. Shoe selection is only one causative factor, and sometimes does not cause these deformities at all. A 12 year old female patient with bunions certainly can't blame her shoes. People wear orthopedic shoes for a variety of reasons including bunions, hammertoe, fallen arches and conditions related to diabetes. Like all shoes, orthopedic shoes and the orthotics worn with the shoes wear out. Additionally, many of the chronic conditions that require people to wear orthopedic shoes can alter with time, meaning repairs or modifications are necessary. Bunions and plantar warts are both conditions that affect the feet. However, there are significant differences between the two conditions. Bunions affect the bone growth, while plantar warts are a skin condition caused by a virus.