Bunions: what causes them and what can be done?

Bunions, medically known as hallux valgus, are a common foot condition that affects thousands of people across Australia. They occur when the big toe moves towards the smaller ones, causing the bone at the base of the toe to protrude outward. This condition can be painful, and it can also make it difficult to find comfortable shoes.

There are many potential causes of bunions, including genetics, foot injuries, and wearing poor shoes. People who have flat feet or low arches are also more likely to develop bunions, as the collapse of the arch can cause the foot to become misaligned.

Fortunately, there are several ways to treat bunions, ranging from lifestyle changes to surgical intervention. In some cases, simply switching to shoes with a wider toe box or wearing custom orthotics can provide relief. Ice packs, pain medications, and physical therapy can also help to manage symptoms.

For more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. This can involve realigning the bone or removing it altogether, depending on the extent of the damage. Recovery times can vary, but most people are able to return to normal activities within a few weeks or months.

If you are managing a painful bunion it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. With the right care, it is possible to manage this condition and reduce the toe’s progression. For an appointment with one of our podiatrists call our clinic at (07) 3823 5423.