Bunions are an enlargement of the great toe or hallux joint on the foot that is in most cases involved with the deviation in the position of the big toe. Bunions are very common. The bunion may or may not be painful and it never appears good and frequently creates an issue for the fitting of footwear. They do tend to be inherited and can be caused by using shoes which are too restricted. These are more prevalent in females which could possibly be as a result of the type of shoes. They are often painful inside the joint due to arthritis like symptoms and they also could be painful from pressure from the footwear on the enlarged joint.
Could exercises help bunions? They might be capable of, but they are not going to really make the bony enlargement go away but they could help improve the angle of the big toe or hallux a little. The best way to make the lump go away is with surgery. No amount of exercising is will make that go away. The amount of pressure creating the bunion and causing the big toe to deviate way is higher than what any exercise is likely to undo. However, in spite of this, the exercises which you often see recommended are still probably worth doing since they should help keep your joint mobile as well as flexible which is a beneficial thing. That increase in the range of motion of the joint might go a long way to assisting pain that frequently occurs within the joint. The type of bunion exercises which can be most useful are those which stretch and move the joints through its full range of movement in all directions. Sometimes exercises that can strengthen the arch muscles of the feet can also be helpful. Even if surgical treatment is used, the exercises both before and after the surgery will assist with the recovery.