Call Us: 1300 975 980

FOREFOOT

Bunions

A bunion (also referred as a hallux valgus or hallux abducto valgus) is often described as a bump on the side of the big toe. The visible bump reflects changes in the joint of the big toe. The big toe leans toward the second toe, rather than pointing straight ahead. This throws the bones out of alignment – producing the bunions “Bump”. Bunions are a progressive disorder. They begin with a leaning of the big toe, gradually changing the angle of the bones over the years and slowly producing the characteristic bump, which becomes increasingly prominent.

Bunions are caused by ligamentous laxity, tight or ill-fitting footwear, arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, over pronation or genetics. Symptoms which occur at the area of the bunion may include pain or soreness, inflammation and redness, a burning sensation and possible numbness. Symptoms occur most often when wearing tight shoes that crowd the toes.

Bunions are a progressive deformity, if left untreated they can become increasingly painful and debilitating.

At Mint Foot Care, we diagnose this condition by taking a comprehensive history, performing a biomechanical assessment and video gait analysis. The podiatrist may prescribe diagnostic imaging such as X-rays.

Based on the findings a combination of treatment options may be prescribed including:

  • Wearing footwear with a rounder, deeper toe box and made of a softer more pliable leather will often provide immediate relief.
  • The use of pads and cushions to reduce the pressure over the bone can also be helpful for mild bunion deformities.
  • Prescribing custom orthotics, by controlling abnormal pronation, reduces the deforming forces leading to bunions in the first place. These will help reduce pain in bunion deformities and slow the progression of the deformity.
  • Surgery.

CALL US TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT OR BOOK ONLINE NOW.

Latest News

  • NEWS AND EVENTS

    Closure

    We will be closing on Monday 8 January 2018 and will reopen at 1:30pm on Tuesday, 23 January 2018. If you wish to book an appointment, you can now book online by clicking on the BOOK ONLINE tab found on the header of each page of our website.

    Date:6 December 20, 2017
  • FOOTWEAR

    Do Your Shoes Pass the Healthy Shoe Checklist?

    Do Your Shoes Pass the Healthy Shoe Checklist? Footwear plays a key role in the development of foot and toe problems such as bunions, calluses, corns and plantar fasciitis. These conditions can be prevented or the progression reduced by wearing good fitting and supportive footwear. Since our feet come in all different shapes and sizes […]

    Date:6 November 22, 2017
  • BONE

    STRESS FRACTURES

    WHAT IS A STRESS FRACTURE? A stress fracture is an incomplete crack in a bone. Stress fractures are caused by repeated stress or repetitive activity over a period, weakening the bone. Stress fractures are common in runners and athletes who participate in soccer, basketball and people who change their activities such as by trying a […]

    Date:6 November 22, 2017
  • STAFF

    Mia-Office Administrator

    Mia-Office Administrator The youngest member of our team, Mia is a dynamic office administrator. Mia is currently studying nursing and plays an active role in our infection control procedures and assisting our podiatrists. Outside of work Mia likes to stay active by participating in netball and hitting the gym.

    Date:6 November 22, 2017
  • FOOTWEAR

    Effects of high heels on feet

    Effects of high heels on feet High heels dominate the fashion industry. They give women more confidence and empowerment by elongating and accentuating the legs, increasing height and drawing attention from both men and women. However, high heels not only cause chronic foot problems, but can also lead to common complaints like leg and back […]

    Date:6 November 22, 2017
  • NAILS

    Why Does My Nail Polish Stain My Nails Yellow?

    This is a common complaint that I hear from many of my patients. There are two possible causes. The most likely reason is a colour reaction. Darker coloured polishes in particular can stain nails due to a chemical reaction between the colorant and the nail plate. It can also take a few days to a […]

    Date:6 November 16, 2017