Bunions

Looking for relief from Bunions? We can help!

Bunions (also known as Hallux Valgus) are a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe joint. The big toe starts to drift towards the second toe, which causes the long bone of the big toe to shift (move out of alignment) and displace at the joint, which results in the prominence of the lump at the inside of the foot.

Bunions are a progressive deformity, meaning they generally get worse over time. They can often cause pain, inflammation, and difficulty with finding footwear to fit the bump. Because the big toe starts to drift towards the 2nd toe, often the 2nd toe also becomes impacted, which can lead to a hammertoe deformity, corns and even dislocation of the 2nd toe.

Bunions tend to be present more commonly in women, and often there is a family history, which suggests there may be a genetic predisposition to bunions. Bunions can even develop in young children (Known as Juvenile Bunions)

Bunions tend to progressively worsen over time, meaning they get larger and often the joint can become damaged and arthritic. It is important to try and reduce some of the risk factors associated with bunion development to try and slow the progression of the deformity down.

Causes of Bunions

Risk Factors
  • Unsupportive, flat footwear
  • High heels and narrow footwear
  • Hypermobile flat feet
  • Inflammatory conditions or Neuromuscular conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis or Charcot-Marie Tooth disease

Treatment

Often treatment for bunions is centred around:
Good Footwear Advice
Reduction To Risk Where Appropriate

Wearing shoes with a good, supportive heel counter, support through the midfoot/arch region and appropriate width and depth in the forefoot is a good starting point.

If a hypermobile flat foot is present, often use of custom orthoses can be successful in reducing pain associated with a bunion, and assist with supporting the foot to decrease the load going through the big toe joint, and thus hopefully slowing down the deformity progression.
Use of night splints and joint mobilization have little known clinical effect, but some people may find them beneficial.

In order to remove and reduce a bunion, surgical intervention is required, either by a Podiatric or Orthopedic surgeon.

Our Podiatrists can assist with advice, diagnosis and treatment for bunions. Often we will order some plain film x-rays to also assess the degree of change to the joint so we can keep an eye on how quickly the joint may be progressing.

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What To Expect In Your Consult:

At Sole Podiatry you initial consultation will go for 40 minutes. This time allows your Podiatrist to thoroughly examine and understand your needs as well as providing the necessary time to assess your condition properly.

We will also develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will enable you to achieve your goal as soon as possible during this consultation. This plan will clarify whether any future consults will be required and what frequency.

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