I am not personallyaware of any long term outcome study that shows the efficacy of custom orthotics in slowing or stopping the development of bunions. This may exist, but I do not see it as an easy task to have accomplished. Many variable, such as compliance, people moving, age when the bunion starts etc.
Orthotics can be different from one lab to another and certainly from one practitioner to another. I never argue with success.
I would respectfully disagree with my colleague who stated orthotics do not help bunions. I certainly have patients who they have. I also have patients who have not benefitted from them as well.
Bottom line, if the orthotics are helping you, great and keep wearing them. As far as needing surgery, only the patient can decide if that is reight for them.
In Reply to: Do orthotics stop bunions? posted by Lenora on April 27, 2004 at 19:46:00: