A bunion is a bony, painful swelling that is often formed on the first joint of the big toe. Bunions can be extremely painful if they become irritated from footwear. Everyday activities, such as walking and wearing shoes, can cause you extreme discomfort if you have a bunion.

Reasons that a person may develop a bunion can vary. Some patients may form bunions due to genetic factors, complications with arthritis, a weak foot structure or abnormal gait. General aging can also play a role in the formation of a bunion.

If you have a bunion, you may notice a bony bump on your big toe, experience swelling and redness, and the area may feel tender to the touch. To help alleviate the pain that often comes with having a bunion, wear wide-fitting shoes to leave plenty of space for your toes and to minimize rubbing.

Since bunion formation can be multifactorial, conservative treatment before considering surgical management may include prescribing and dispensing well fitting footwear, dispensing custom-molded toe spacers, the use of night splints, strengthening exercises and the use of custom foot orthotics if there are concerns over gait.

Because bunions can result in other painful foot problems, such as hammertoes and bursitis, we recommend that you meet with a chiropodist for a professional assessment and for information regarding your conservative treatment options. Call us to book now.

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