All About Your Bunions

Image of painful bunions by ModPod Podiatry

29 Aug All About Your Bunions

Your Bunions and how to manage them. 

What is a Bunion – To most people a Bunion means a bony bump on the side of the big toe. In reality the bunion is just one sign of a complex structural deformity resulting in pain.The condition is called Hallux Valgus which simply means that the big toe (hallux) instead of lying straight moves towards the second toe resulting in the bony bump called a bunion. As the big toe moves closer to the second toe is may result in the second toe lifting up and causing painful corns to develop.

Causes of Bunions

• Hereditary – the bunion is not hereditary but the foot type that is prone to developing the bunion is.

• Foot Function can contribute to the pain in the bunion. Dropped arches, a foot that rolls inward and an unstable foot will all result in over loading the bunion.

• Footwear – high heeled shoes with a pointy or narrow toe box will aggravate the bunion.

 

Who Does it Effect 

Bunion’s effect men and women, both young and old. There is a higher incidence of pain in women due to inappropriate footwear.

 

Symptoms of Bunions

• Redness, swelling and inflammation over the joint.
• Pain radiating through the joint and to the ball of the foot.
• Callous around the big toe and ball of the foot.

 

What Makes It Worse

• High heels
• Incorrectly fitting shoes
• Incorrect exercise shoes
• Over pronation (foot rolling in)

 

What Makes It Better

• Appropriate shoes
• Matching your foot to the right sports shoe
• Assisting poor foot function
• Rest, ice, anti inflammatory to control pain and inflammation

 

ModPod’s Philosophy 

At ModPod we believe that bunion surgery should be a last resort. We have developed a process for managing bunion pain which allows our patients to continue with their active lifestyles.

ModPod’s approach to Bunions links back into the three main causes. We can’t change your parents but we can have a positive influence over the way your foot functions and the shoes that you wear.We use the latest digital technology for assessing gait and foot pressure. This allows us to gather all the information needed to determine your foot function and treatment needs. At ModPod we are all expertly trained in assessing footwear and have years of experience working in the shoe industry. To ensure you are fitted with the right shoe we have many contacts with shops selling footwear suitable for problematic feet.

ModPod’s Treatment for Bunions – We have a conservative approach which consists of: Foot exercises, Stretching exercises, Foot joint mobilisations (when needed), Shoe recommendations, Pads to distribute weight off the painful bunion, Orthotics to control foot function. These treatments will not change the appearance of the bunion but it will result in a reduction in pain and in many cases slows the progress of the deformity.

 

When is Bunion Surgery Needed?

In the majority of cases we recommend exhausting all conservative treatments before considering surgery. If the pain of a bunion doesn’t respond to a conservative approach then, it’s time to discuss options with a foot and ankle surgeon. Together you can decide if surgery is best for you.

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