What are bunions?
A bunion is a foot deformity which is typically characterised by a deviation of the bones around the big toe joint.
As a result there is a large bony lump on the inside of the foot and the toe is pointed across towards the smaller toes.
Painful bunions seem to be more of a common problem in women which is attributed to ill fitting footwear.
What causes bunions?
There are many factors that can contribute to bunions. Most commonly these factors can include genetic factors, poor foot mechanics, narrow or tight footwear, wearing high heels and trauma to the toe.
The first most important step when it comes to treating bunion symptomology is wearing appropriate footwear. Wearing comfortable and supportive footwear can help reduce stress and slow down its progression. Our podiatrist can assist you in selecting the most appropriate footwear for your feet and if required Orthotic Therapy may be suggested.
Sometimes surgical intervention may be required if the deformity is considered too severe. Surgical intervention may be considered after all conservative measures are exhausted.