What is a bunion?
A bunion is a bone deformity on the side of the big toe joint that forms when the toe moves out of place.
What Causes bunions?
It is caused by the bones in the back of your foot dislocating forward and ‘rolling’ inwards, causing increased movement in your foot and creating an enlargement by the big toe. This enlargement generates a ‘bump’ that may cause friction and pressure to the area making it painful and difficult to get footwear that fits.
The soft tissues that surround the big toe joint become contracted further holding your toe in that awkward position. A bunion can become very painful and soon stop you from been active due to the associated pain and reduced movement within the joint.
Bunions can be hereditary but also the result of having feet that are misaligned.
We have found that by removing the restrictions around the joint and correcting the misalignment with foot mobilisation therapy we can get increased movement back in the joint and the bunions improve often removing the need for surgery.
Once we have obtained a diagnosis of your condition we are able to formulate an individualised treatment plan. We don’t offer a one size fits all treatment solution.
Depending upon individual circumstances one or multiple treatment options may be undertaken to offer you the best possible outcome.
- Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT)
- Low Level Laser Therapy
- Shockwave Therapy
- Acupuncture/Dry needling
- Stretching and exercises
Healthy feet provide the foundations for a healthy body and an active life!
Dr Peter Shelton BSc Hons. Accredited Podiatrist.