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Bunions refer to a prominence of bone on the inside margin of the forefoot. It involves a displacement of the 1st metatarsal bone towards the midline of the body, coupled with a displacement of the great toe away from the bodyline of the body. There are different stages of the deformity depending on the level of severity. Arthritis can also develop producing pain within the joint.

Incidence

  • Women are more prone to bunions than men.
  • Wearing tight, narrow or high-heeled shoes can greatly accelerate the formation of a bunion.
  • Middle aged to older people are more likely to suffer from bunions, although bunions can also affect children and young people.

Symptoms

  • Inflammation, pain around the big toe.
  • Redness, discomfort when wearing shoes.
  • Calluses and / or corns on the outside of the big toe, between the big toe and the second toe or under the ball of the foot.
  • Over-lapping toes.

Causes

  • Poor foot function (biomechanics).
  • Family history of bunions.
  • Poor or tight footwear.
  • Arthritic conditions.
  • Trauma or previous surgery around the big toe.

Treatment

Treatment varies depending on the severity of pain and deformity. Treatment may include:

    • Padding to protect the bony prominence from shoe irritation.
    • Wearing correctly fitting footwear.
    • Callus and corn management through conservative podiatric treatment.
    • Medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs or cortisone injections to ease pain and inflammation.
    • Correction of poor foot biomechanics through orthotics (custom-made shoe inserts). These re-align to foot and assist in stabilising the joint. This treatment can be very effective in halting or slowing bunion development.
    • Surgery

Pain of this type may also benefit from the use of a pain relieving gel or LIFESOLES which can be found in our Online shop.

Bunion

Post Bunion Treatment

Coronavirus Update

Here’s What We’ve Done:

* We’ve increased our hand sanitation procedures (above Government recommendations).
* We’ve implemented extremely high levels of surface cleaning in the clinic (above Government recommendations) between every patient and routinely throughout the day and all patients are being asked to use hand sanitizer on arrival in the clinic.
* We’ve also removed some waiting room chairs in order to abide by social distancing recommendations.
* We’re screening every patient for every consultation to determine if they safe to be treated in our clinic.
* We’ve instructed all our staff that they are to stay at home if they are feeling unwell and have also instructed them to turn away any patients who don’t pass our screening questions or are unwell on arrival.

Here’s What We’re Offering:

* Home visits to our elderly and high risk patients at a heavily reduced cost for the next 3 months.
* Avoid the Waiting Room: We’re happy for you to wait in your car in our carpark. Just call us to check-n, then we’ll call you when your podiatrist is ready to see you.

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