Bunion Management £99
A bunion is a painful red swelling at the base of the big toe and can cause an extreme amount of pain when walking. It's a deformity of the metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ); the metatarsal being the long bone that runs from your midfoot to meet your toes (the phalanges part). Take a look at our 3D model of the human foot so you can more easily visualise where the bones run from and to.
Unfortunately, bunions can only be corrected by surgery and a long, often painful recovery period. For many however, surgery and time off just isn't an option.
That doesn't mean you have to live in pain, however. We can assess if it really is a bunion before addressing the factors that can make you far more prone to bunions, or exacerbate an existing one. Learn more here
Bunions are one of the most misunderstood podiatric conditions we come across. The two most common misconceptions are:
* That the problem actually is a bunion. It can be gout, arthritis or a fracture
* That it can be 'fixed' with splints or an off-the-shelf product
The painful fact is bunion correction requires surgery, and can take months to recuperate. For most of us, taking time off our feet is a dream as it is; being in pain for the duration makes it something you really need to consider. Our head podiatrist has written an excellent primer on bunions that explains the subject in more detail here.
Once we identify if the pain or swelling on your foot as a bunion or not, we can discuss how to manage not only the practicalities of getting into your shoes, but how to address your condition to prevent it worsening. You can live with bunions if you know how.