BunionA bunion – called Hallux Abductovalgus – is the common name for a protruding big toe joint on the side of the foot which can cause difficulty finding shoes of sufficient width and can cause pain and rubbing.

A bunion is caused by a displacement of the first metatarsal bone (the long bone in the arch) and its connecting toe bone (called the phalanx). This displacement is oftentimes a result of poor footwear including fashion shoes, court shoes or pointed shoes.

The abnormal foot posture is also sometimes an underlying factor therefore a podiatrist may sometimes suggest correcting foot position or foot posture using orthoses (special insoles) as an adjunct to improving styles of footwear.  Also there is often a tendency for bunions to run in families.

For some bunions our podiatrists may suggest onward referral to our Consultant Podiatric Surgeon for advice on bunion surgery.

We also offer a wider fitting shoe service for help with difficult to fit feet. Click here for further information on this service.


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