InAlign Blog 10/29/18: Why did I make the InAlign bunion device?

Why did I make the InAlign bunion device?

Because, at 70+ years old my bunions are worse than ever. But there’s more.

Here’s the issue, it’s not just about the bunion itself, is it?

Bunions generally push the big toe outward (hallux valgus). It’s misaligned.

This has downstream implications that get worse over time. Over the years, hallux valgus has impacted my second toe which now crosses over the top of my big toe. I’ve developed a hammer toe, where the joint of my second toe pokes up and rubs the toe box of my shoes. The third toe, now, is curled towards my second toe which isn’t there since it’s on top of my big toe.

My toes are out of alignment, as are many of yours. As one orthotist (they make custom orthotics) told me, “You have gnarly toes!” Gnarlier now than 15 years ago when he first made the comment. All this gnarliness affects balance, too. Gnarly toes equals foot discomfort. Which affects gait, which affects you up and down your whole body.

Of course, since I’m a “senior”, over the decades I’ve bought all the devices that attempt to straighten my toes. They didn’t and I didn’t like them. They’re either too soft or you can’t wear it with shoes or while walking.

I want my gnarly toes aligned all day, everyday, in all my shoes, for all my activities.

That’s why I made it.

I’ve been wearing my prototype for 2 years…All day, everyday, in all my shoes, for all my activities.

You can, too!