Back To Health Wellness's Thought For The Day

The Tale Of The Bunion

November 09, 2023 Back To Health Wellness Season 1 Episode 39
Back To Health Wellness's Thought For The Day
The Tale Of The Bunion
Show Notes

In 2011, I ruptured my ACL ligament in my right knee. In 2020, I noticed that over time, cysts that had developed inside my knee as a result of the injury, had began to bother me. I had started to depend more on my left leg, which caused me to walk differently. 

Come 2022, my son was born and what a year it has been! Though since, my back has become noticeably stiffer. It may well be the daily habit of carrying or caring for him having something to do with it. I guess after all, my spine was clearly not programmed to manage looking after a baby, and manage a long standing knee issue.

Now In 2023, I have noticed a small bump on the side of my big toe which, I am sure is the beginning signs of a bunion. Though I am fully aware of how to manage this issue, my question to you is, do you see the link? 

It may sound like a strange connection, but bunions can be a strong indicator of an underlying back issue. 

This is simply because movement that involves standing, walking, and running, require stability in the pelvis as the respective joints move.

The spine, connects to the pelvis - and if this connection is affected - it is common for the joints further down the chain to be affected and vice versa. 

 Bunions which are bone spurs, are usually caused by prolonged pressure on the big toe, which alters itself to manage the pressure, and therefore pushes it towards the second toe. 

The foot allows this by dropping the arch to leave space for bone spurs to form as a result of the weakened muscles supporting the dropped arch. 

Where wearing insoles that amend the dropped arch of the foot may help, in my opinion it is essential to look for the real cause of the bunion by first checking your spine - down. 

You may be surprised with what you find. After all, I was.