One common misconception is that bunions are caused by wearing shoes that are too small, too tight or badly designed. This actually is not the case. While ill-fitting or uncomfortable shoes will definitely exacerbate the pain associated with a bunion, because they will put pressure on it, they will not cause one to form. The first approaches a podiatrist will recommend for the treatment of your bunions will be conservative, non-surgical techniques like exercises, orthopedic footwear or footwear inserts, or ‘bunion splits’ which are designed to try and realign the affected toe. If these measures are not effective, foot surgery may be necessary to cure the bunion. Last but not least, seated forward bends provide an opportunity to work the feet without experiencing the painful consequences of bearing weight on a bunion. Place a yoga block at the sole of your foot and a strap around the block, so that you can work the actions of the foot as if you were standing on the floor. Press through the toe mound (especially beneath your big toe) and into the block, keeping the block square while working your toes. So be sure to take care of your sore and tired feet. By doing this you will help the rest of your body feel better from head to toe. A bunion is an abnormal, bony growth or bump on the joint at the base of the big toe. As the joint becomes enlarged, it crowds the other toes and is pushed outward, causing pain. Bunion treatments vary according to how severe the bunion is and how much pain it causes. Options in treatment range from conservative lifestyle recommendations for mild cases to surgery for more severe bunions. For bunions that require surgery, there are several procedures available that have proven to be quite successful. A structural defect or injury to any part of the leg, hip-joint or even back can lead to the development of problems in the foot. Bunions are usually identified on sight by a podiatrist. They are very easy to detect but can also be confirmed by taken an x-ray of the affect region. The x-ray will show how bad the bunion is, the angle of protrusion, and also if the patient is a good candidate surgery. Surgery should be thought on very seriously since the recovery time is quite long. The patient needs to be made fully aware of how long it will take for them to recover to eliminate the problem of them not being happy with their surgery. Bunion surgery may be required in some patients, however this should only be considered when all non-surgical treatment options have been used. Bunion surgery has improved dramatically over the last 20 years but it still cannot guarantee a total recovery and often post operative complications such as calluses and corns can occur depending on the procedure used. Click here to view the different types of procedures available. If your hands are flexible enough, you can make use of them instead of using a strap. Hold our toe for about 30 seconds before repeating a few more times. As you pull the toe gently, stretch it away from the neighboring toe.