Have you noticed your big toe drifting towards the next toe?
Or do you have a large bump on the side of your big toe?
Or are you just finding the big toe joint painful?
If so, you may have a bunion.
Bunions can sometimes become a debilitating condition, and it is reported in almost 30% of the western population.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is the deformation of the big toe joint. It occurs when there is splaying of the forefoot and a deviation of the big toe towards the next toe. These changes often result in a large bony lump on the side of the big toe joint. There is often some arthritis involved.
What Causes It?
There are many causes of bunions. They can be inherited, and often your mother, father or a grandparent will have a similar foot shape. The way that you walk can also impact on your chances of developing a bunion. And of course ill fitting shoes (pointed toe shoes and high heels) can all contribute to the formation of a bunion.
How Can I Prevent a Bunion?
It is imperative to restore the movement of all of the joints in the feet. In many cases, good supportive footwear will reduce your chance of developing a bunion. Depending on your gait, an orthotic may also be advised.
What to do if You Have a Bunion.
Once a bunion has begun to take shape, appropriate footwear choices and orthotics can prevent the bunion from being painful and prevent it from getting worse.
Foot mobilisations to get the joints articulating properly can also result in a marked improvement.
In some cases surgery is indicated. People who need surgery are those who find walking painful, even when they have the appropriate footwear and orthotics. Sometimes people may not be experiencing any pain, but are unable to find shoes that fit their feet. For this instance, surgery can be indicated.
We’ve relieved many patients from the pain of bunions. If you’re concerned, book yourself in with our podiatrist, at Foot Factor Podiatry:
Unit 1/1 Laurinda Cres, Springwood, QLD, 4127 (07)31338134 Springwood
2/124 Orange Grove Rd, Coopers Plains, QLD, 4108. (07)31338134 Coopers Plains.
Don’t let pain restrict your participation in life!