If you have a bunion, it's likely to be on the base of your big toe.
The base of the big toe develops a bony prominence and the joint realigns. The big toe turns outwards towards the other toes.
Studies have shown women are more likely to develop a bunion.
Genetic factors, such as the way you walk and the amount of looseness in your joints can contribute to developing bunions.
Some studies have also suggested that tight-fitting shoes, especially with high heels and narrow toes, can increase the risk of developing bunions.
If you have bunions, they may become painful and swollen.
At Capital Podiatry, our treatment can include mobilising joints, prescribing exercises, talking through the best way to care for a bunion, fitting you for a pair of orthotics and giving you footwear advice. We also carry a range of shoes which are suited for conditions such as bunions.
Once we have established that you have a bunion, we start a treatment plan.
If you’re only just developing a bunion, our treatment will focus on giving you relief from the symptoms of bunions. This can include mobilising your foot joints, massage and treating your muscles.
We often find that our patients get immediate relief by switching to shoes with a rounder, deeper toe box, made from a softer, more supple leather.
For people with mild bunion deformities, we can treat you by applying pads and cushions to reduce the pressure over the bone.
If your condition is severe enough, we may talk to you about orthotics. Orthotics can help control the way your foot rolls inwards or outwards and reduce the forces that lead to bunions in the first place.
Orthotics can help reduce the pain in bunions and slow the progress of this deformity.
We also provide you with ongoing stretches and strengthening exercises to help maintain your feet.