Bunions are often recognised by the bony bump they cause at the big toe joint.

You may notice the big toe drifting towards your small toes and a change in the way the joint bends and functions. In addition to their cosmetic appearance there are numerous other problems they can cause. Some of problems presented to our podiatrists in relation to bunions include foot and lower limb pain, trouble with walking and exercise, balance issues, changes in foot shape and trouble fitting your feet into footwear.

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At All Podiatry & the Shoe Co. our podiatrists regularly see patients seeking treatment for their bunions and we understand the impact they can have on your daily life. They are a common complaint in the foot, occurring in up to 23% of adults aged 18-65 and 35% in people aged 65 years and over. [3]

There are many factors which can contribute to bunion formation, including: the type of shoes you wear and how they fit your feet, your foot shape and mechanics, poor foot posture i.e. flat feet, genetics and certain medical conditions. [1]

feet_bunions1.pngOur experienced podiatrists take these factors into consideration when formulating a treatment plan specific to you and your requirements.

Common treatments include footwear advice and modification, exercises, manual therapies and providing foot support i.e. taping, padding and orthotic shoe inserts. [2]

If you notice a change in your foot shape (or even before then!), we would recommend acting on it and visiting one of our podiatrists as soon as possible.

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References

  1. D’Arcangelo, P., Landorf, K., Munteanu, S., Zammit, G. and Menz, H. (2011). Radiographic correlates of hallux valgus severity in older people. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 4(Suppl 1), p.O14.
  2. Hurn, S., Vicenzino, B. and Smith, M. (2016). Non-surgical treatment of hallux valgus: a current practice survey of Australian podiatrists. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 9(1).
  3. Nix, S., Smith, M. and Vicenzino, B. (2010). Prevalence of hallux valgus in the general population: a systematic review and meta-analysis.Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 3(1).

 

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