What is it?
Bunions are a progressive disorder that is characterised by a large bump on the inside of your big toe. What begins as the big toe pointing toward the second toe, ends up as changes in the actual alignment of the bones in the foot.
People with Bunions often walk differently to reduce pain levels, causing the joint to progressively become more unstable and eventually lead to severe arthritis.
Although often pain free in its early stages, Bunions can be a debilitating condition later in life and therefore early treatment to slow the progression is recommended.
What are the symptoms?
- Tenderness, soreness or pain along the top or outside of your big toe joint
- Swelling over your big toe joint
- Sharp pain whilst walking or running
- Big toe pointing inwards toward the second toe
- Notable red and irritated lump on outside of big toe joint
Why did I get it?
Bunions can be caused by many factors and are generally seen in individuals of all ages and more commonly in women.
The majority of people with the condition often present with many of the following risk factors:
- Feet that roll in (pronate)
- Sudden weight gain
- Incorrect/tight footwear
- Biomechanical foot issues (hereditary)
- Previous trauma to joint
- Limb length difference
- History of Osteoarthritis
How is it diagnosed?
A thorough examination by one of our highly trained Podiatrists who will diagnose and grade the condition. Depending on the severity of symptoms, you may be referred for a diagnosis x-ray to rule out any additional issues.
How can I treat it?
The quickest path to treating your bunions is to pay a visit to your Podiatrist for them to help you develop a treatment plan.
Below are some treatment strategies which may be implemented by your Podiatrist:
- Footwear advice
- Custom Orthotics
- Foot & ankle mobilisation
- Dry needling
- Intrinsic foot & ankle exercises
- Neuromuscular needling
Although Bunions is a progressive condition, successful results are very often achieved through early intervention. As it is essentially Osteoarthritis, the progression can be slowed down via controlling the forces and promoting movement through the joint.
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