In this informative video, Dr. Ray McClanahan—a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes—discusses (and demonstrates!) a helpful manual technique for stretching and releasing the soft tissues associated with a bunion deformity. This technique can be used by healthcare providers for their patients, or it can be used by patients as a self-care technique at home.
Learn more about the underlying cause of and natural treatments for bunions.
Here’s a quote from Dr. Ray that debunks a common bunion-related myth:
Bunions are NOT a growth of bone that forms on the side of the toe. They ARE a dislocation of the big toe joint. Misinformation by medical providers and internet sites is a primary reason why patients are talked into having an operation to remove what they erroneously believe is a growth of bone.
Watch this video to learn more about bunions and how to perform the Big Toe Stretch. And check out this blog post to learn how to use a helpful tool, BlackBoard ToeBands, to perform a similar stretch to help restore the big toe to its intended position in line with its corresponding metatarsal bone.
The above content is for educational or informational purposes only and is not intended to replace or augment professional medical instruction, diagnosis, or treatment. Read full disclaimer here.
Dr. Marty Hughes is a chiropractic physician, or DC. He received his doctoral degree from Western States Chiropractic College (WSCC), now known as the University of Western States (UWS). Dr. Marty has always been interested in foot health, due to the connection between the feet and the spine. He has worked as a freelance writer for LiveStrong.com, for whom he contributed over 2,200 health-and-fitness articles. He is a co-founder of Natural Footgear and an ardent supporter of natural foot care approaches. Dr. Marty enjoys road cycling, trail running, hiking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing as well as exploring the mountains of Western North Carolina.
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