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Monday mornings 8.30am until 1pm,
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What are bunions?
Bunions are one of the most common foot conditions. In a normal foot, the big toe points straight ahead but in this condition, it curves towards the other toes often over lying them and causing corns and hammering of the smaller toes. The joint can become swollen and tender making it difficult to walk.
Some people are more likely to develop bunions either because of their genetics or as a result of a peculiar walking style. Those who wear high heels, pointy shoes or tight shoes regularly will encourage this condition.
Treatment of bunions
To treat this condition it is best to consult the podiatrist. They would be able to suggest protective pads to relieve the joint, shoe alterations and
orthotics or insoles that would help the feet to function more effectively. It may be advised that footwear is changed so that the joint can be accommodated.
They would also be able to treat any corns or callous that may develop over the joint. In severe cases, it may be suggested that surgery is necessary to
realign the toe, fixing it in a correct position. A letter would be sent to your G.P for a referral to a surgeon.
Other toe deformities
Hallux Rigidus is a condition where instead of bending normally, the big toe stiffens and forms a bump at the top of the joint, making the pushing-off motion in walking difficult. This can result in stubbing or injury to the toe, especially during sport. Slip-on shoes that are too tight and are worn regularly can result in hallux rigidus.
Wearing shoes with low heels and firm soles will act as a supporting splint. The podiatrist will be able to provide pads or strapping to stabilise the joint, or appliances to modify the way you walk. In extreme cases footwear may be modified or surgery may be indicated.
The Hammer Toe usually affects the second toe where it becomes bent up in an inverted "V" shape and can't straighten out during walking. Corns develop where it rubs against the upper of the shoe. Some people are born with clawing of the smaller toes, which might be due to muscle imbalance and can lead to hammer toes. Tight hosiery and shoes make the condition worse.
You can help by investing in shoes that are "foot shaped"- with a round deep toe box to accommodate the toes and remove pressure. The podiatrist will be able to prescribe