Bunions(Hallux Abducto Valgus)
What is a Bunion?
A Bunion, also known as “Hallux Abducto Valgus” is often described as a bump or lump at the side of the big toe. Even though it may seem like an extra growth of the bone, it is actually caused by your big toe slanting towards your second toe. This results in your big toe being misaligned instead of pointing forward, resulting in that visible “bump”.
Although Bunions are common, there are many misconceptions about this condition which lead to people suffering from unnecessary pain before they seek treatment. As Bunions are a progressive deformity, intervention is crucial at an early stage. Neglecting this condition often results in increasing pain to the joint, limits footwear options, and causes additional problems to your feet that could have been prevented.
There are many factors that could cause a Bunion to form. They include – but are not limited to:
- Family history
- Flat foot deformity
- Lower limb structural abnormalities
- Generalised hypermobility
- Trauma and repeated stress
- Inappropriate footwear
What are bunions? Why they ever go away? How will bunions affect me? Here is a short video about bunions that will give you an insight about this common foot condition.
How will bunions affect the way I walk? My buinons do not hurt. Do I still seek treatment? How can a Podiatrist help with my bunions?
What will I experience?
If you have a bunion, you may experience:
- Pain in and around the big toe joint area
- Pain worsened with activity or tight enclosed footwear
- Swelling or redness around the big toe joint
- Pain at the ball of your foot
- Difficulty to move the big toe, or stiffness of the big toe joint
How can we help you?
Our Podiatrist can offer a range of non-surgical personalised treatment for your Bunions and provide the best care you deserve. These include:
- A full and thorough biomechanical assessment of your gait and posture, to determine the root cause of your Bunion development.
- Customised Clinical Orthotic Devices: These devices are specially prescribed specific to your foot function. They can help to stabilise and improve posture of your big toe joint, control your foot function, and reduce further long-term damage and stress to your joint.
- Treatment of skin and nail issues that are associated with the Bunion.
- Specific customised footwear evaluation and recommendation
It is important to note that Bunions are progressive in nature – they do not go away with time, and may even worsen. Conservative treatment helps to alleviate pain and delay progression. It does not reverse the condition. Therefore, it is important to treat Bunions early.
For severe cases, surgery may be recommended. While aesthetically it removes the Bunion, relapse may happen if underlying causes of the Bunion are not appropriately addressed.
Speak to us and let us help you with the best care you deserve.