What are bunions?
Bunions are a common problem of the foot. They are an enlargement of the big toe and are often associated with an alignment problem of the big toe called hallux valgus. They are typically due to genetic or hereditary factors and environmental factors such as poorly fitting shoes.
Pain from bunions are typically caused by two factors. One is pressure from the shoes and the other are an arthritis like pain inside the joint due to alignment issues with the big toe.
Treatment of Bunions
The only real way to get rid of bunions is with surgery. However, that does not mean it is the best way and conservative measures should always be tried before any surgery. Attention should be paid to the use of correct fitting footwear. Different padding’s can also be used to help get the shoe pressure of the enlarged bunion. Splints can also be worn to help change the alignment of the toe. Always take the advice from a health professional as to the best approach to your bunions.
We do have a blog post on Do Bunion Correctors Work?, on Bunion Exercises on Should I use the Bunion Corrector or the Bunion Assassin? and on How long should you wear a bunion corrector for?
FootStore.au products for bunions
FootStore.au have a range of reasonably priced products that can help with bunions and hallux valgus. These products can help with pressure on the enlarged joint, can provide some realignment to the joint and exercise the joint to help with pain from inside the joint.
Related Bunion Products
For more information, check out the Podiatry Arena threads on bunions. While the information there is aimed at health professionals, it is a resource on all aspects of the condition, especially the research evidence.