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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. Bunions can be prevented or the development slowed if seen early. At the first sign of a bunion developing, especially with a family history of bunions, it is wise to seek podiatric assessment.
If Bunions are seen early further development may be prevented. Book online for assessment.
Problems  Associated  with a 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 main 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.


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.

Book online  or call and make an appointment on  9592 1068  to have your bunion assessed.