What is a bunion?
A bunion – also known as a hallux valgus – is a condition that causes the big toe to point inwards toward the little toe. It is caused by a deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe, which can result from arthritis or a weakness of the joint – although often there is no apparent cause.
What are the symptoms of bunions?
The resulting bunion often protrudes, causing discomfort as it rubs against footwear. Sometimes this will cause swelling and thickening of the skin, and you may find walking painful. In severe cases the other toes can be affected as the big toe puts pressure on them, causing pain and even deformity.
Bunions can have a big impact on your ability to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle, and if you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should make an appointment to see your GP.
What are the treatments for bunions?
You can manage and ease your bunion symptoms by relieving any pressure on the affected area. A podiatrist will be able to ensure your shoes fit correctly and are not exacerbating your condition. Depending on the cause of your bunion, medication can also be prescribed to manage your pain and any underlying causes, such as arthritis.
If these treatments don’t help your symptoms and pain persists, bunion surgery can provide an effective solution. Your GP may suggest referring you to an orthopaedic surgeon, like Mr Nirav Shah, to see if you are suitable for surgery. Alternatively, you can contact us directly to arrange your first appointment.
Bunion surgery is carried out as a day case, using a surgical approach know as arthroscopy. This approach minimises scarring and discomfort, and helps to ensure a swift recovery.