A Bunion also known as ‘Hallux Abducto Valgus (HAV)’ is a very common foot deformity, it can occur in both adults and young people.
It can be caused by:
- genetic predisposition
- flat feet
- long periods of weight bearing
- wearing high heels
A bunion presents as a bony lump at the base of the big toe. Often the large toe starts to deviate towards the second toe which can lead to a hammer toe.
Bunions can present in four stages, during the progression from one stage to the next pain is usually worse. A bunion can also lead to the degeneration of the cartilage (tissue that separates the bones) which can lead to painful joints and possible osteoarthritis.
At Glad Feet Podiatry our Podiatrists will assess which stage your bunion deformity is at and determine which kind of treatment is best suited to you. We may offer you conservative treatment such as footwear education, orthotics which may support your arches to reduce the symptoms of the bunion or toe separators to stop the toes from rubbing together. We may even refer you to a Podiatric surgeon who may assist you with advice regarding surgical correction should you choose this kind of treatment.
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