Bunion Pain

Hallux Valgus or Bunions is a common condition that affects the forefoot, in particular the big toe and its associated joints. Bunions can lead to arthritis if not treated, once a bunion is formed it may progress with age and be aggravated by the type of shoes you wear as well as your type of activity.

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Bunion Pain

The symptoms of bunion pain are:

  • Aching at the joint
  • Angulation of the joint at the base of the big toe
  • Difficulty with walking long distances. This can lead to knee, hip and back pain
  • Loss of movement in the joint at the big toe
  • Pain with wearing heals or tight fitting shoes

Bunion Pain

It is formed in the joint at the base of the big toe, where the big toe joint becomes deformed and the large toe moves towards the second toe. The deviation causes a “bump”or exostosis on the inside of the foot. This is often caused because of the shape of your foot or collapsing arches. Pressure from footwear and activity often aggravates the bump or bunion and can cause the deformity to progress. Other common contributing factors are poorly fitting or narrow footwear and high-heeled shoes.

Treatment and management options

Initially you should aim to reduce as much pressure on the bunion as possible by wearing broad, professionally fitted footwear. If you are still experiencing pain we recommend a consultation with one of our Podiatrists. Any biomechanical abnormalities (flattening or pronating of feet) can be addressed with either footwear suggestions or Orthotics professionally made to suit your feet. If conservative measures fail our Podiatrist may suggest you see a Surgeon who specializes in feet

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