Bunions are an enlargement of the great toe joint on the feet which is usually involved with the deviation in the position of the big toe. Bunions are very prevalent. It may or might not be painful and it hardly ever appears good and almost always presents a problem for the fitting of footwear. They do tend to be genetic and could be a result of wearing shoes which are too tight. Bunions are more common in females which might be due to the type of shoes. They could be painful within the joint resulting from arthritis like symptoms and they also is usually painful due to pressure from the shoe on the enlarged joint.
Could exercises improve bunions? They might be capable of, however they are unlikely to make the bony enlargement disappear and they may help improve the angle of the big toe or hallux somewhat. The best way to make the lump go away is with surgery. No level of exercising is going to make that go down. The level of force producing the bunion and resulting in the great toe or hallux to deviate way surpasses what any exercise is going to undo. However, having said that, the exercises which you often see advised are still probably worth doing since they can help keep the joint mobile and flexible which is a good thing. That increase in the range of motion of the joint might go a long way to assisting pain that often occurs inside the joint. The sort of bunion exercises which can be most helpful are those which stretch and move the joints through its full range of motion in all directions. Often exercises to help strengthen the arch muscles of the foot may also be helpful. Even if surgery is used, the exercises before and after the surgery will benefit the therapy.