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What Are Bunions?

Early detection and treatment allows for better outcomes

Bunions, known scientifically as ‘hallux valgus’, are one of the most common forefoot deformities. A bunion is a bony protrusion that forms at the base of the big toe where it attaches to the foot. When you have a bunion, the big toe often angles towards the second toe, which can disrupt your stance and gait.

 The Formation of Bunions: A Closer Look at the Mechanism

Bunions develop from a misalignment of the joint at the base of the big toe. This misalignment can be due to a variety of factors, including genetics, biomechanical imbalances, or as a response to stress over time. They can also be exacerbated by footwear that squeezes the toes into an unnatural position.

Factors Contributing to Bunion Development:

– Genetic Predisposition: If bunions are common in your family, you might be more prone to developing them.

– Footwear: Tight, narrow, or high-heeled shoes can push toes into unnatural positions, contributing to bunion formation.

– Biomechanical Issues: Flat feet, excessive foot pronation, or other structural issues can place undue stress on the toe joint.

Symptoms of Bunions

– A bulging bump on the outside of the base of your big toe

– Swelling, redness, or soreness around your big toe joint

– Persistent or intermittent pain

– Restricted movement of your big toe if arthritis affects the area

Podiatric Management and Treatment at Happy Feet Podiatry

Our podiatrists at Happy Feet Podiatry can provide a comprehensive plan to manage and treat your bunions, aiming to relieve pain and prevent further progression. The earlier we can treat a bunion conservatively the better outcomes.

Non-Surgical Treatments:

– Proper Footwear: Shoes with a wide toe box to reduce pressure on the bunion.

– Custom Orthotics: Designed to address any biomechanical issues contributing to your bunion.

– Physical Therapy: Exercises to maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness or arthritis.

– Medications: To control pain and swelling as needed.

Surgical Options:

For more advanced cases or when conservative treatment doesn’t provide relief, surgical intervention may be recommended. Our podiatrists can refer you to a specialist for procedures that can realign the toe, relieve pain, and correct deformity. We have a strong working relationship with the top foot and ankle surgeons in the region.

 Your Next Steps

If you believe you’re developing a bunion, or if you’re experiencing foot pain that may be related to a bunion, it’s important to seek professional advice. At Happy Feet Podiatry, we’re dedicated to helping you maintain healthy feet and an active lifestyle.

Don’t Wait, Reach Out!

Contact us today to book an assessment and take your first step towards happier feet. Our team is ready to support you with personalised care and expert treatment options. Let us help you walk more comfortably and confidently!

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