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Bunions 

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Definition:


Bunions, referred to in the medical community as Hallux Valgus, are one of the most common foot problems. A bunion is a prominent bump on the inside of the foot around the big toe joint. This bump is actually a bone protruding towards the inside of the foot. 


With the continued movement of the big toe towards the smaller toes, it is common to find the big toe resting under or over the second toe. Some of the symptoms of bunions include inflammation, swelling, and soreness on the side surface of the big toe. The discomfort commonly causes a patient to walk improperly.


Another type of bunion which some individuals experience is called a Tailor’s Bunion, also known as a Bunionette. This forms on the outside of the foot towards the joint at the little toe. It is a smaller bump that forms due to the little toe moving inwards, towards the big toe.

 

Causes:


Bunions are a common problem experienced mostly by women. The deformity can develop from an abnormality in foot function, or arthritis, but is more commonly caused by wearing improper fitting footwear. Tight, narrow dress shoes with a constrictive toe box (toe area) can cause the foot to begin to take the shape of the shoe, leading to the formation of a bunion. 


Women who have bunions normally wear dress shoes that are too small for their feet. Their toes are squeezed together in their shoes causing the first metatarsal bone to protrude on the side of the foot.


It is important for men and women to realize that wearing dress shoes and boots, which are tapered in the toe area, can cause the bunion to worsen to the point where surgery is necessary.

 

 

What can a Chiropodist do for you?

  • Perform a physical exam and identify the source of problem and discuss treatment options.

  • Recommend padding, taping and friction-reducing measures.
  • Recommend and dispense a night splint.
  • Recommend exercise and stretching programs.
  • Recommend footwear changes and prescribe custom-made foot orthotics as needed for long-term control and prevention to help compensate for mechanical faults and stress and allow your feet to function with improved efficiency.
  • Recommend surgery when indicated.

 


 

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