Hallux valgus, or bunions are bony lumps that form on the lateral or outside of the base of the big toe causing swelling and pain.
What are Bunions?
Bunions are bony lumps that form on the outside of your big toe that cause pain and swelling. This condition occurs when some of the bones in your big toe move out of place causing the big toe to push into the other toes.
The usual onset of this condition is around 20-50 years of age, however can begin earlier or later with women more likely to develop bunions. Smaller bunions (bunionettes) can develop on the joint of your little toe.
What are the causes?
There is a genetic element to this condition; people are more likely to develop bunions if there is family history of the condition (thanks mum and dad!).
Other causes include:
- Faulty foot structure that is genetically inherited
- Tight shoes that cause toe crowding
- Shoes with high heels
- Standing for extended periods of time
- Arthritis in your feet
What are the symptoms?
- Limited movement in big toe
- Ongoing or intermittent pain
- Bony bump on the outside of your big toe
- Swelling, redness and pain
- Corns or calluses that form between the big and second toe
How to book an appointment?
If you think that you may be suffering from bunions, our team at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess and diagnose the condition. They will then tailor your treatment plan to aid in your pain relief and recovery.
All you need to do is just give us a call on 0410 559 856 and request an initial appointment.
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