Bunions, also known as Hallux Valgus, are a common foot deformity characterised by a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe
Bunions, also known as Hallux Valgus, are a common foot deformity characterised by a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe. The big toe leans inward toward the second toe, causing the joint to protrude outward. Here are four frequently asked questions about bunions and how Blueprint Podiatry can assist:
What causes bunions to develop?
Bunions can be hereditary, meaning they run in families, and may also result from improper foot mechanics and footwear choices. Tight-fitting shoes with narrow toe boxes and high heels can contribute to bunion development, as they put extra pressure on the toes and joints.
How do bunions affect daily life?
Bunions can cause discomfort and pain, especially when walking or wearing tight shoes. They may lead to corns, calluses, and irritation on the joint. Over time, bunions can impact foot function and affect overall mobility if left untreated.
Can bunions be treated without surgery?
In many cases, bunions can be managed effectively without surgery. At Blueprint Podiatry, our experienced podiatrists can provide non-surgical treatment options, such as custom orthotics to correct foot alignment, padding to relieve pressure, and lifestyle modifications to reduce bunion-related discomfort.
When is bunion surgery necessary?
Bunion surgery may be recommended if conservative treatments do not provide sufficient relief or if the bunion is causing severe pain and interfering with daily activities. Our skilled podiatrists can assess the severity of the bunion and discuss surgical options, if necessary. We aim to provide personalised treatment plans that align with the individual's lifestyle and needs.
If you are experiencing discomfort or notice a bunion forming, it is essential to seek the advice of a podiatrist at Blueprint Podiatry. Early intervention and proper management can help prevent the progression of bunions and improve overall foot health.
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