Bunions also known as Hallux Valgus is where the big toe angles excessively towards the second toe. The ‘bunion’ (Hallux Abducto-Valgus – HAV) is actually a symptom of this deformity. Bunions tend to run in families(hereditary) and are highly linked to a persons foot type. However, the shoes that you wear may be a contributory factor to this problem, it is therefore, important that our chiropodist / podiatrist assess your foot and your footwear.
There are four stages of bunions or hallux valgus ,1 being mild and 4 being severe. Our podiatrists can assess the stage of your bunion and give you advise regarding treatment options. If you have no drift of the toes, but rather bumps at the joints (or elsewhere) it may not be a bunion. There are a range of other toe deformities which may present with similar symptoms these include: Hallux Rigidus / Limitus and Hammer Toes.
Our podiatrists can advise you on a range of treatments that may slow down the process of development of the bunions / hallux valgus and relieve pain (if there is any). We and can also provide information regarding bunion surgery – however, this requires referral to a specialist Podiatric Surgeon.