Bunions are a common foot condition that can cause discomfort and pain. At The Foot Clinic, we understand the impact that bunions can have on your daily life. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing effective treatments and education to help you manage your bunions.
What are bunions?
Bunions are a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe. They occur when the joint at the base of the toe becomes misaligned, causing the toe to push against the other toes. This can result in pain, swelling, and difficulty walking.
What causes bunions?
Bunions can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Genetics: If your family members have bunions, you may be more likely to develop them.
Foot injuries: Injuries to the foot, such as sprains or fractures, can cause the toe joint to become misaligned.
Wearing tight shoes: Shoes that are too tight or narrow can put pressure on the toes, causing the joint to become misaligned over time.
Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as arthritis or gout, can increase the likelihood of developing bunions.
How are bunions treated?
At The Foot Clinic, we offer a range of treatments for bunions, including:
Custom orthotics: We can create custom orthotics that can help redistribute pressure on the foot and relieve pain.
Footwear modifications: We can recommend footwear modifications, such as wearing shoes with a wider toe box, to help reduce pressure on the toes.
Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy exercises can help strengthen the muscles in the foot and alleviate pain.
Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to realign the joint and remove the bony bump.
While not all bunions can be prevented, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing them, including:
Wearing properly fitted shoes: Choose shoes with a wide toe box and avoid shoes that are too tight or narrow.
Using custom orthotics: Custom orthotics can help distribute pressure on the foot and prevent the development of bunions.
Maintaining a healthy weight: Excess weight can put pressure on the feet and increase the likelihood of developing bunions.