Bunions can cause pain and discomfort – so it’s best to seek treatment early on. Depending on the severity of you condition, you may be referred for bunion surgery. Alternatively, you may simply be prescribed orthotics or advised to change your footwear. They are a very common foot condition.
What Is A Bunion?
A bunion is an enlargement at the base of the big toe. It is caused by the misalignment of a joint and can be very painful. The surrounding tissue can become tender and swollen, causing pain when you walk. The bunion itself may look red and blisters may form on the surface where shoes cause rubbing.
What Causes Bunions?
Often, bunions run in families and are more common in people with flat feet. They can be made worse by badly fitting shoes – especially if the shoes are too narrow in the forefoot. People with very flexible joints may be more likely to develop bunions. Arthritis, gout and multiple sclerosis can also cause bunions to develop.
Bunions – General Treatment and Bunion Surgery
If you have a bunion, you may be referred for bunion surgery. This is a common procedure that can be highly effective in relieving your pain. There are several different types of bunion surgery depending on the cause of your condition. If you have a surgical treatment, you may need crutches during your recovery period, which can last several weeks. Non-surgical treatment can involve wearing orthotics to provide padding in your shoes or changing the type of shoes you wear.
If you are experiencing pain from bunions, please contact us. We can arrange a consultation with a qualified podiatrist, ensuring you get the advice and treatment you need.