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Bunions

What is a Bunion ?
A bunion is a simple term for a medical condition known as hallux abducto valgus. A bunion is a bump, prominence or enlargement of the big toe joint. There is often a drift or deviation of the great toe towards the side of the second toe.
Problems  Associated  with a Bunion

Bunion

  •  Pain or aching of the joint
  •   Redness and inflammation
  • Stiffness and reduced movement of the joint
  • Ingrown toenails
  •   corn and callous formation at various sites
  • Possibly numbness or altered sensation

Causes of Bunions

Bunions often run in families, but it is the foot type or mechanics which is inherited and is the underlying influence on the development of a bunion. Foot structure and  poor function is strong factor which influences bunion development. Inappropriate footwear can also be detrimental on the feet and may promote bunions occurring.

Treatment

The treatment of the bunion itself depends on it`s severity. Relief from pain may result from altered footwear. Orthotic devices can be very successful in resolving symptoms and preventing further development. Even mild bunions are worth being assessed as their development may be slowed or halted by the use of orthotics. Surgery is the last option and is usually only for severe cases. X rays are taken and a referral to a surgeon can be organised if necessary.

Call and make an appointment on  9592 1068  to have your bunion assessed.