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Worried about bunions?

14 Nov 2015 7:00 AM -

Thinking about breaking out your summer footwear but worried about that large bump jutting out at the base of you big toe? You could have bunions.

What are bunions?
Bunions are an enlargement of the big toe joint, which forms when the toe has moved out of place over a period of time. Years of abnormal motion and pressure on the joint forces the big toe to bend toward the others, which causes an often-painful lump on the joint.

Arthritis tends to develop in the joint and hammer toes can often then form as a result of the formation of bunions. Arthritis, corns, callus and ingrown toenails can also cause problems alongside people with bunions. Bunions can also cause problems fitting into regular footwear. 

What causes bunions?
Bunions often run in families, but they can also be caused by poor foot posture, or the way you walk and what shoes you wear. The joint at the base of your big toe carries a large amount of your weight while walking, so years and years of abnormal motion and pressure on the joint forces the big toe to bend toward the others, the joint actually dislocates over time! This is why people with flat feet, or heavily pronated walking patterns are more likely to develop bunions. Excessive flexibility or movement in your joints and hormone changes can also play a role. 

What can be done?
Here at Active Foot Clinic we aim to deliver simple effective solutions that will get you back on your feet and see you walking without pain sooner! You might have heard that there are a number of surgical options for bunions, however surgery isn't recommended unless a bunion causes you frequent pain or interferes with your daily activities. The best thing to do is call us today to discuss your needs. While you wait for your appointment, there are a few things that you can do to help your feet out:

- Wear well-fitting footwear that will accommodate a wider foot and steer clear of high-heeled, pointed or tight shoes.
- Apply ice if you’ve been out and about for too long, it can help relive soreness and inflammation. Padding over the bunion may also help.
- Wear your orthotics if you have them, if not padded shoe inserts can also help distribute pressure evenly when you move your feet which can also help reduce your symptoms.
- Maintain a normal weight, this will help take the pressure off your feet
- Taking painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen may ease any pain in the meantime, however always check with your doctor before taking any medication.

If you are concerned about bunions our podiatrists at the Active Foot Clinic can offer tailored advice and treatment to help prevent and reduce pain associated with bunions and hammer toes.  We also have a great range of shoes which have enough room to keep you entirely comfortable whilst you walk. Just ask our staff to point you in the right direction. 

Phone 6925 8637 today to prevent and relieve problems associated with bunions!