Bunions are one of the most common foot issues seen by a Podiatrist. It is described as a bony lump at the base of the big toe. Generally, your big toe points towards the second toe and this causes a bony bump to form.
The inflamed area is painful and can result in Chronic Foot Pain, Foot Deformity and Stiff Foot.
Below are a few reasons why we get Bunions:
- Poor footwear habits
- Foot type
- Hereditary factors
- Bio-mechanical factors
- Ligament dysfunction
- Neuromuscular dysfunction
How we can help: There are two main ways to treat Bunions: surgically or conservatively. With our conservative approach, we would utilise splint, padding or orthotic to create a positive effect. Realigning the foot with an orthotic helps to prevent further complications and may reduce symptoms. Footwear advice will also play a role in the treatment of Bunions. Surgical recommendation will only be made if the conservative approach has failed to significantly reduce the foot issue or if the Podiatrist believes that a better outcome would be achieved for the patient.