(Hallux Abducto Valgus)
What is it?
A Bunion is a painful enlargement at the base of the big toe. Bunions can cause swelling, tenderness, redness and a reduced range of motion. Bunions tend to occur more frequently in women than men.
What is the Cause?
Some of the causes of bunion formation include: genetics, trauma, foot structure, improperly fitting shoes and improper foot function.
A Chiropodist or Podiatrist will thoroughly examine the bunions and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Shoes must fit properly, should be roomy and supportive and not be pointy or have high heels. This will help to ease discomfort and prevent further injury.
A Chiropodist or Podiatrist can also prescribe custom orthotics, that will assist in changing the distribution of pressure on the foot. Different cutouts, pads and changes to the shell of the orthotics can help to restore optimal biomechanical function to the feet.
Some patients may benefit from surgery. A Chiropodist or Podiatrist can assist in discussing these treatment options with the patient.