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A 59-year-old female asked:

wearing orthotics round the clock, would that prevent bunions from growing?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Prevent bunions: No. Orthotics will not prevent bunions at your age but slows the progression of the deformity. Orthotics are meant to hold the structure of the foot in its ideal position and give incredible comfort.
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 14 years experience
No: No, studies have shown orthotics do not prevent bunions. Custom inserts help restrict excessive motion or off load painful areas of the foot. They do not prevent bunions from growing. Sorry. Bunions are most genetic (recent framington study out of england). Hope this is informative. If so, please vote or follow me. Thanks!
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Dr. Wenjay Sung commented
Podiatry 14 years experience
Provided original answer
Welcome, saw your note on my wall. We can't contact you directly on this site. Best of luck!
Jun 2, 2013
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
Bunion surgery.: Unfortunately, there are no braces or exercises to get rid of a bunion. If you elect to have it surgically removed, there are several ways your surgeon could go about it. Depending on the angle of your bones (you'll need an x-ray), there are many different procedures to choose from to correct your foot. Orthotics may help, but won't prevent bunions entirely if you're genetically predisposed.
Dr. Thomas Inwood
Podiatry 35 years experience
Bunions: As stated , orthotics slow the progression of the deformity , perhaps preventing surgery. They cannot totally prevent them . Bunion deformity is related to the inherent structure of the foot

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