Bunions are bony lumps that develop on the joints and base of the big toe and can be very painful. Having a bunion can cause the big toe to point towards the other toes and this can often lead to the overlapping of the big toe and the second toe.
Genetics can play a big part in the development of bunions. If you have a family member who suffers from them, your risk of developing them is increased. Having existing bunions can be made worse if you wear shoes that are too tight or do not fit well. Arthritic conditions like rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis can increase the chances of you developing a bunion.
Wearing the right footwear can help bunion sufferers. Wide fitting shoes can prevent the shoe from rubbing against the bunion. You may find shoes that fasten with a strap are more comfortable for your foot. The golden rule to shoe fitting is to make sure the shoe is the correct size and that there is enough room for you to move your toes freely.
Non-surgical treatment is always recommended in the first instance. If your bunion is causing you a lot of pain, it is recommended that you take over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. A bunion pad is a great method of pain relief, as it can take some of the pressure off when you wear shoes.
Your podiatrist can prescribe an orthotic. This offers stability around the joint of your big toe and may provide pain relief.
If you leave bunions untreated they can worsen over time. In severe cases, a bunion can develop until surgery is the only option. It is recommended that you seek medical treatment in the early stages before the condition worsens.
As a company we are able to help you with all of the above with simple assessments and treatments to ensure we are treating the affected area in the correct way.
We can also create customised insoles where we will ensure we are creating the perfect insole for your shoe to reduce the risk of any of the above from happening or in some cases reappearing. These are created bespoke to you and are individual to your feet.