Do you have a bump on the side of your big toe joint?
Or do you get pain and find it difficult fitting shoes because of this?
You may have a bunion.
This is a progressive condition that eventually leads to a partial dislocation of the joint and eventual osteoarthritis.
The first toe joint is very important in how we function when walking and running. If this joint is in an incorrect position it can then lead to further disturbance of the foot and leg, causing pain, discomfort and even instability. Poor footwear was once thought as the main cause of bunions, however we currently understand that bunions are caused by many factors, of which foot type and function is one of the main causes.
Treatment for bunions involves both non-surgical and surgical approaches, depending on the individual and the stage of the deformity. Non-surgical techniques include addressing the functional aspect of bunions using orthotics to improve foot position and function, which causes the bunion in the first place. Appropriate footwear advice and pain relief with suitable medication and supplements are also effective non-surgical options. Surgical correction of your bunion, using techniques that have proven successful over the years, provides you with further options.
For more detailed information, see our Acrobat pdf Information sheets on Bunions and Selecting the proper shoe which are available on our website.
Please remember that the information in these documents should not be used as a substitute for podiatric or medical attention.