I have a bunion at the base of my left great toes and hallux valgus of the left great toe. So my arch and muscles holding it up on the left side are weak. I've tried a few things, namely rolling a golf ball under my food to release adhesions in the plantar fascia. So far, no change in the bunion. It doesn't bother me, but it I do have stiffness in the joint with end range extension of the great toe.
Bunion seemed to start when I started doing a lot of distance running in college. I'm a reformed distance runner, having trained for several triathlons and a marathon, this is the only problem I've had with knees, hips, feet. Workouts these days are Crossfit 3x/week.
I just got my first pair of Vibram's. I'm hoping that by going barefoot, I'll be able to strengthen my foot muscles so that they can better maintain my arch and hopefully reduce the bunion. Anyone have similar success with barefoot/Vibrams? I am asking too much of a pair of shoes?