Bunions (Hallux Valgus)

Bunions (Hallux Valgus)

Bunions are a common foot deformity that affects people of all ages; however, women are prone to the condition more than men.

A bunion develops when the bone at the bottom of the big toe moves out of place causing the big toe to point inward (toward the other digits). Bunions can form on one or both feet.

Bunions don’t just appear overnight. They are progressive and usually worsen over time without treatment. Pain can be anywhere from mild to severe.

What Caused My Bunion?

Causes of bunions and risk factors for bunions include:

A medical condition such as arthritis: Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis attack the joint lining
which makes you susceptible to bunions.

Poorly-fitted footwear: Wearing footwear that is too high, tight, too narrow or too pointed tend to exacerbate the condition.

Genetics: Bunions are often seen to be passed on through families.

Poor biomechanics: People with flat feet or low arches are susceptible to bunions.

Early Signs & Symptoms Of Bunions

Does the….

  • base of your big toe sticks out
  • base of your big toe feel and look swollen?
  • big toe bend towards the other digits?
  • second toe overlap your third digit?
  • skin around your big toe joint look red and feel tender?

Do you have pain….

  • in your big toe?
  • while wearing shoes?
  • or difficulty when walking?

If you answered YES to any of the above, it is recommended that you book an appointment to have our caring podiatrists take a look.

Long-Term Complications

Those suffering from bunions find it difficult to find shoes that fit. The problem is that ill-fitted footwear places pressure on the outside of the joints causing inflammation.

The bunion can cause other toe deformities to lift resulting in “claw toes” or “hammertoes”. It can also damage the ligaments supporting these joints.

Callus and corns can develop as a result of the pressure created by the bunion.

Your Bunion Treatment

At Manly Cove Podiatry, we provide a variety of non-surgical treatments that are designed to get you back on your feet in as little time as possible.

Your treatment may include one or a combination of the following:

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