This past weekend I took the final of three courses in Kinesio taping. A couple of weeks from now, I will hopefully have taken and passed the test for certification. (Which means I can add "CKTP" behind my name. Not gonna lie, I'm kind of excited about that.) It just now dawned on me that this will be the most boring blog post some of you have ever read and that not everyone shares the same happiness over seeing my toes taped. I apologize. I'm posting anyway. The ankle dorsiflexion exercise strengthens the ankles and lower leg muscles, unlike the big toe exercise that stretches and elongates the toe. You will need an exercise band such as a thera-band and someone to hold the band for you to perform this exercise. Sit on the floor with your legs straight to begin. Place your hands on the floor at your sides and use your arms to hold your back straight. Place the center of the band on the top of your forefoot with your toes slightly pointed. Next, pull your toes away from your friend and the ends of the band. Quadriceps Sitting. The proper name for a bunion is " Hallux valgus ". Hallux valgus refers to the condition in which the big toe is angled excessively towards the second toe rulsting in a bunion. Posh Spice is famous for her bunions. A bunion is the the bony prominence on the side of the big toe. It may also have a large sac of fluid, known as a bursa, which can then become inflamed and sore. Unfortunately this condition can also encourage corns and calluses to develop. You may have a genetic tendency to having bunions if your parents or grandparents suffered from bunions. Most bunions can be treated without surgery. But when nonsurgical treatments are not enough, surgery can relieve your pain, correct any related foot deformity, and help you resume your normal activities. An orthopaedic surgeon can help you decide if surgery is the best option for you. Whether you've just begun exploring treatment for bunions or have already decided with your orthopaedic surgeon to have surgery, this booklet will help you understand more about this valuable procedure. Failure to obtain pain relief from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Their effectiveness in controlling toe pain varies greatly from person to person. We found what we expected, that past—but not current—high heel use was predictive of hallux valgus. Women reported wearing high heels the most when they were aged 20 to 29, and high heel use diminished each decade until people reached 60, when wear really plummeted. It makes sense that people with hallux valgus and foot pain are uncomfortable in heels and are less likely to be current wearers,” Hannan said. The study showed that HV heritability overall was 39% for women and 38% for men (mean age 66 years, age range 39-99 years), but was significantly increased in the subset of participants younger than 60 years (HV heritability, 89%). Although the prevention of pain in the big toe is the best treatment of all, there are treatment choices which are available too. Surgery is an option if walking has become painful and it is the sole treatment which will ultimately get rid of the pain related to bunions. The objective of the surgery is the realignment of the ligaments, bones, nerves and tendons so that the big toe can be back it is normal position, thus relieving the pressure on the other toes and the pain of the bunion. The length of any shoe would be a thumb's spacing from your big toe to the ending with the shoe.